Steinmeier – a candidate for German president

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Series Details 16.11.16
Publication Date 16/11/2016
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On 14th November 2016 the leadership of the CDU and CSU decided they would back foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) as a candidate for the German presidency. The Christian Democratic parties have thus accepted the proposal made by the leader of the Social Democrats, Sigmar Gabriel. Steinmeier is currently the most popular politician in Germany and is leading the opinion polls.

Support from the coalition parties will ensure Steinmeier victory in the vote in the Federal Convention scheduled for 12th February 2017. The Greens have also accepted his candidacy. The head of German diplomacy will, however, not receive the support of the Left Party, who above all view him as one of the architects of Agenda 2000 – the programme of economic reforms that limited social spending under the Gerhard Schroeder government.

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