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Germany elects Wolfgang Schaeuble as new speaker to head far right politics

Schaeuble is one of the most respected politicians & qualified to tame recalcitrant lawmakers

Reuters  |  Berlin 

Former Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was elected speaker of Germany's lower house of parliament on Tuesday, tasked with keeping order in a body where decades of conciliatory conventions are under threat from the arrival of the far right.   In an inaugural Bundestag session following the Sept. 24 federal election, lawmakers from the other parties showed their disdain for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party by overwhelmingly rejecting its candidate for deputy speaker. Convention holds that each party represented in the Bundestag names a deputy ...

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First Published: Tue, October 24 2017. 23:02 IST