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Human rights activist to be new German president

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel said her coalition and the opposition had agreed Sunday to nominate former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck as a consensus candidate to become Germany’s next president. The decision came following Christian Wulff’s resignation from the post Friday over a corruption probe and after members…

Germany’s president resigns in blow to Merkel

Germany’s president resigned Friday after a string of scandals, handing Chancellor Angela Merkel a political headache at home as she battles to lead Europe from its debt crisis. “I am … today stepping down from the office of federal president to free up the way quickly for a successor,” Christian…