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Meet Germany's new President - Frank-Walter Steinmeier

 

 

It seems that all is set today the 12th of February for the former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to be elected as the new President of Germany. The vote will be held in the Reichstage and Frank-Walter Steinmeier who is SPD is expected to receive a large majority of votes after Angela Merkel's conservatives agreed to back him to replace incumbent Joachim Gauck.

 

Presidency in Germany is largely a ceremonial position as opposed to what we see in America. The President is elected by a 1,260-strong  Federal Assembly, made up of national lawmakers and deputies from Germany's 16 states.

 

The 61-year-old regularly polls as Germany's most popular politician and he will represent us abroad and act as a kind of moral arbiter for the nation. Steinmeier is one of Germany's best known politicians, having twice served as top diplomat under Merkel for a total of seven years.

 

The Berliner Morgenpost daily judged that Steinmeier looks set to be "the anti-Trump president".

 

He is a trained Lawyer and in the thick of last year's US election campaign Steinmeier labelled Donald Trump a "hate preacher". After Trumps win Steinmeier predicted relations would get "more difficult" and said his staff were struggling to detect any "clear and coherent" foreign policy positions from Trump.

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but finally hopes to have a realistic shot of toppling Merkel.

"For Germany's Social Democrats, the SPD they hope that Steinmeier's election is a prelude to something bigger to come: a victory in September's elections against Merkel,"

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