Frank-Walter Steinmeier - Who is the newly elected German President?

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier - Who is the newly elected German President?

The social democrat, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has recently been elected as the new German President by the Federal Assembly with a landslide victory.

The former German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, has recently been elected as Germany’s new president by a parliamentary assembly. The highly regarded and popular politician was congratulated by his predecessor Joachim Gauck as well as chancellor Angela Merkel in his new presidential post. The role of presidency within Germany has been viewed to be highly symbolic and holds very little executive power, but remains vital in representing the country abroad. Steinmeier has been known to be particularly critical of the recent phenomena of the rapid rise of right-wing populism within Germany and throughout the Western world, and famously described Donald Trump as a “hate preacher” with his politics fuelling fear and division amongst society. The social democrat held the position of foreign minister twice for a total of eight years under Merkel’s grand coalition and unsuccessfully ran against the chancellor in the federal election back in 2009. Who exactly is the newly elected German president and what does he stand for?

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