Germany used to be the locomotive of Europe - but is now slowing economically. Many believe the Chancellor and her coalition are responsible for the downturn.
Angela Merkel said she would step down as Christian Democratic Union party chief but remain chancellor in October.
Former German finance minister, Wolfgange Schaeuble won 501 of 705 votes from fellow lawmakers for the post of Bundestag speaker, a position from which he will try to impose discipline on far-right legislators.
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