French Senate President Jean-Pierre Bel (L) gestures next to German higher house of Parliament Bundesrat President Winfried Kretschmann (R) before a special joint plenary session on January 22, 2013 at the Bundesrat in Berlin as part of the celebration to mark 50 years since the Elysee Treaty launched after WWII French-German cooperation. In signing the landmark treaty on January 22, 1963, then French president Charles de Gaulle and West German chancellor Konrad Adenauer sealed a new era of reconciliation between the former foes which has since driven European unity. AFP PHOTO / CARSTEN KOALL
Winfried Kretschmann, Minister-President of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg (L) and Christine Lieberknecht, Minister-President of the state of Thuringia, arrive for a press conference at Bundespressekonferenz on October 11, 2013 in Berlin, Germany.
In this image provided by the German press office Pope Benedict XVI talks to children after landing as Baden Wuerttemberg state governor Winfried Kretschmann looks on on September 24, 2011 in Freiburg, Germany. The Pope is in Freiburg on the third of a four-day visit to Germany, and he will conclude his trip with an open air Sunday mass tomorrow near Freiburg.
Pope Benedict XVI (R) is welcomed by Baden Wuerttemberg state governor Winfried Kretschmann (L) and Freiburg's archbishop Robert Zollitsch on Muensterplatz square after visiting the Muenster cathedral on September 24, 2011 in Freiburg, Germany. The Pope is in Freiburg on the third of a four-day visit to Germany, and he will conclude his trip with an open air Sunday mass tomorrow near Freiburg.
German Greens Party co-chairman Cem Oezdemir (R) and Greens Party candidate in the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg Winfried Kretschmann speak to the media at Greens Party headquarters the day after elections in Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate on March 28, 2011 in Berlin, Germany. The Greens emerged as the second strongest party in Baden-Wuerttemberg and third strongest in Rhineland-Palatinate, and analysts credit the party's spectacular results with, among others, popular reaction in Germany against nuclear power following the ongoing disaster at the Fukushima facility in Japan. In Baden-Wuerttemberg the Greens will likely be able to install a Greens Party governor, breaking a 57-year hold on power by the German Christian Democrats (CDU).