Chancellor of Germany

offices held over time by the head of government of Germany
(Redirected from Bundeskanzler)

The chancellor of Germany (German: Bundeskanzler, literally: federal chancellor) is the head of government of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Chancellor of Germany is elected by the majority of the members of the Bundestag, the German parliament. The chancellor is the German people's version of a Prime Minister or Premier.

Chancellor of Germany
Bundeskanzler der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
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Angela Merkel

since 22 November 2005 (2005-11-22)
Executive branch of the Government
Cabinet of Germany
StyleMadam Chancellor
Her Excellency
StatusHead of Government
Member ofEuropean Council
SeatFederal Chancellery, Berlin (primary)
Palais Schaumburg, Bonn (secondary)
NominatorPresident of Germany
Term length4 years, renewable
Constituting instrumentGerman Basic Law
Inaugural holder
DeputyVice Chancellor of Germany
Salary251,448 annually[2]
Current chancellor Angela Merkel
The Chancellery in Berlin is the seat of the Chancellor

The current chancellor is Angela Merkel (CDU), the first woman to be elected in this position.

Chancellors since 1949Edit

  1. Konrad Adenauer (CDU), 1949–1963
  2. Ludwig Erhard (CDU), 1963–1966
  3. Kurt Georg Kiesinger (CDU), 1966–1969
  4. Willy Brandt (SPD), 1969–1974
  5. Helmut Schmidt (SPD), 1974–1982
  6. Helmut Kohl (CDU), 1982–1998
  7. Gerhard Schröder (SPD), 1998–2005
  8. Angela Merkel (CDU), 2005–2021
  9. Olaf Scholz (SPD), since 2021

Related pagesEdit


  1. "Ratgeber für Anschriften und Anreden" (PDF). Bundesministerium des Innern – Protokoll Inland. p. 40. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  2. "Angela Merkels Gehalt: So viel verdient Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel".