Germany president: Steinmeier chosen by lawmakers

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Berlin/ ARCHIV: Der Vorsitzende der SPD-Fraktion im Bundestag, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, spricht in Berlin auf einer Pressekonferenz (Foto vom 18.07.11). Steinmeier greift die Energiepolitik der Bundesregierung an. Der Ausstieg aus der Atomenergie und der Umstieg auf erneuerbare Energietraeger seien ein Desaster, sagte Steinmeier dem "Hamburger Abendblatt" (Montagsausgabe vom 30.04.12). "Das Ausstiegskonzept wurde mit heisser Nadel strickt, der Netzausbau kommt nicht in Gang und die Integration der erneuerbaren Energien misslingt", sagte er. (zu dapd-Text) Foto: Axel Schmidt/dapd

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38949530

Former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been elected president by a parliamentary assembly.

The Social Democrat, 61, is one of Germany’s most popular politicians.

The post is largely ceremonial, but the president represents Germany abroad and is seen as carrying moral weight.

During the US election campaign, the usually circumspect ex-lawyer described Donald Trump as a “hate preacher” and predicted more challenging relations with Washington.

He has also criticised those who “make politics with fear”, and spoken out against right-wing populism.

Mr Steinmeier was chosen by the Federal Assembly meeting in parliament in Berlin.

He won 931 out of 1,260 votes.

Lawmakers and representatives from various social fields delegated by Germany’s 16 states are represented in the assembly.

Electors include Joachim Loew, the national football coach, and Olivia Jones, a colourful drag queen sent to vote by the Green Party in Lower Saxony.

Mr Steinmeier, who takes up the job on 19 March, held the post of foreign minister twice for a total of eight years.

Both terms were served under Chancellor Angela Merkel in grand coalitions of Christian Democrats and Social Democrats.

In 2009, he stood unsuccessfully against Mrs Merkel in the federal election.

Mr Steinmeier is seen as straight-talking, and as foreign minister was widely respected for taking a strong stance on issues important to German voters, the BBC’s Damien McGuinness reports from Berlin.

Many expect he will work to support Germany’s reputation as global defender of tolerant liberal values, our correspondent adds.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank-Walter_Steinmeier

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installed to try and help angela..

the voice of reason eh?

“During the US election campaign, the usually circumspect ex-lawyer described Donald Trump as a “hate preacher” and predicted more challenging relations with Washington. He has also criticised those who “make politics with fear”, and spoken out against right-wing populism.”

left wing populism is ok?

401

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