Germany elected Joachim Gauck as its president on Sunday. The former East German civil rights campaigner and later head of the vast Stasi archive will face a tough task in restoring the reputation of the office, after his two predecessors resigned within just two years. But German editorialists believe the 72-year-old is up to the task.

Fascinating character.

The German President: The position of German president is largely ceremonial, but he or she is expected to be the nation’s moral compass.