Germany's Federal Assembly re-elects Horst Köhler as President.
- Deutsche Welle
The Dresden Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), a Protestant Church in Dresden, Germany is re-consecrated. The church was destroyed during the bombing of Dresden in World War II. The remains of the church had been left untouched by the government of East Germany as an anti-war monument. Some 60,000 people celebrated the reopening. Both Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom and German President Horst Köhler said that the rebuilding was a 'symbol of reconciliation'.
The Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe rules that Germany's participation in the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) is, conditionally, within the German Constitution's limits, allowing President Gauck to approve the Bundestag's previous agreement with the mechanism.
German President Horst Köhler resigns after being criticized for some remarks about German military deployments. Pundits and opposition politicians call it an "overreaction" on his part.
Jerusalem-Israel: Horst Köhler, President of Germany, has a special audience in the Knesset, the highest chamber of Israel. Speaking in German, he says that Germany has to fight more aggressively against anti-semitism and far-right parties.
Horst Köhler is elected as the President of Germany by a special federal assembly in the Reichstag.