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Joachim Gauck's Mission Future President Wants to Rid Germany of Angst

Joachim Gauck, 72, the former pastor and civil rights activist about to become Germany's next president, wants to reinvigorate the nation with his passion for freedom and democracy. His emotional, at times unguarded rhetoric will liven up German politics -- but could backfire if he isn't careful. 
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan