>> Three quarters of a century on the planet, Wolfgang Schäuble celebrates his birthday earlier this month. The last eight years as the finance minister of Europe's leading economy, though those may now be coming to an and.>>
> The head of the CDU CSU Parliamentary Group and the head of the regional group of the CSU IN Berlin will nominate Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble for the position of the President of the Bundestag during our next meeting of the parliamentary group.
Schäuble's move to Bundestag President would mean a new finance minister for a German government that after last weekend's election is yet to be formed. Possible coalition partners, the Free Democrats have reportedly demanded the role for themselves. Markets braced for negotiations that could go on for weeks, even months.
The veteran politician who entered parliament in 1972, Schäuble is loved by fans of his tight control of public finances at home. If loathed in Greece and elsewhere in Southern Europe for his insistence on tough austerity during the Eurozone crisis. One thing many agree on, his departure could add to Germany's post-election blues.
But after an assassination attempt in 1990 that left him paralyzed, Schäuble is more than just a political survivor. Few would expect him to give up his influence just yet.