Meet Merkel's new cabinet
Following elections on September 27, Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) and their CSU Bavarian allies were able to ditch their previous coalition partners, the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD), and switch to the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).
Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle
Westerwelle, 47, takes the Foreign Ministry as is traditional for leaders of the FDP in coalitions with the CDU/CSU. He will be Europe's first openly gay foreign minister, having publicly "come out" at Merkel's 50th birthday bash.