Letter From Berlin German Presidential Election Degraded by Party Politics

When parliamentary delegates meet in the Reichstag in Berlin on Wednesday to elect a new German president, they won't be free to pick the best candidate for the job. This election is about power, revenge and the fate of Chancellor Angela Merkel. Party politics has robbed the vote of its dignity.
Von SPIEGEL Staff
Who would make the better president? Anti-communist human rights activist Joachim Gauck (left) is standing against career politician Christian Wulff (right), who was nominated by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Who would make the better president? Anti-communist human rights activist Joachim Gauck (left) is standing against career politician Christian Wulff (right), who was nominated by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Photo Gallery: The Uninspiring Christian Wulff
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Photo Gallery: The Uninspiring Christian Wulff

Photo Gallery: Joachim Gauck Runs for the Center-Left
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Photo Gallery: Joachim Gauck Runs for the Center-Left