Norbert Lammert has been President of the German Bundestag for four years. On Tuesday, members of the Bundestag confirmed him in office. The Bochum CDU politician described his re-election as an "honor" and an "obligation" – and thus also described himself.
Conscientiousness, but also discomfort and wit characterize the president of parliament. As early as four years ago, he pointed out that he was aware of both the importance and the limits of his post. This is the spirit in which the 60-year-old has exercised his office ever since. Lammert is held in high esteem across all parliamentary groups, recognized above all for his fairness. Four years ago, when members of the Bundestag failed to elect Left Party leader Lothar Bisky as vice president of the Bundestag, Lammert urged prudence, calling the scandal a "blemish" of the new parliament. When Lammert makes speeches, he always does so with a twinkle in his eye, without making his jokes at the expense of others.
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