Angela Merkel to face her first ever Question Period in Germany's parliament

Before she leaves for the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will face questions from other parliamentarians in Germany's Bundestag today.  It's the first time ever that a German Chancellor will take questions from other members of parliament in a formal setting.

Unlike British, Canadian and Australian Prime Ministers, who all interact directly with other MPs at scheduled times for questions, German Chancellors have not previously done so.  This new format was agreed to between Merkel's bloc of conservative parties and the Social Democrats, who are the junior coalition partners in the German government.

Unlike Question Period in Canada, however, which takes place every day, the new German question time will happen only three times a year.