3 Mar 2011 By Albrecht Muller DefenseNews
BERLIN - Germany has a new defense secretary with current home secretary Thomas de Maizière being named the successor of Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg. Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the reshuffle of her cabinet, one day after Guttenberg's sudden resignation. De Maizière, 57, is a longtime colleague of Merkel. He has been German home secretary since the current liberal-conservative coalition came to power at the end of 2009. Beforehand he had headed the German Federal Chancellery under Merkel since November 2005 after holding various senior positions in different German states for many years. "He conducts his politics on the basis of firm values and always thinks from the human [viewpoint]," the chancellor said praising de Maizère's capabilities to continue the ongoing Bundeswehr reform.