Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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Person.png Frank-Walter Steinmeier  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Gerhard SchröderFrank-Walter Steinmeier.jpg
Born5 January 1956
Detmold, West Germany
Alma materUniversity of Giessen
SpouseElke Büdenbender
Member ofThe American Academy in Berlin/Distinguished Visitors

Employment.png President of Germany

In office
19 March 2017 - Present
Preceded byJoachim Gauck

Employment.png Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
17 December 2013 - 27 January 2017
Preceded byGuido Westerwelle

Employment.png Federal Minister of Foreign Affairs

In office
22 November 2005 - 27 October 2009
Succeeded byGuido Westerwelle

Employment.png Vice-Chancellor of Germany

In office
21 November 2007 - 27 October 2009

Frank-Walter Steinmeier is a German politician who holds a doctorate in law and was formerly a career civil servant.


He was a close aide of Gerhard Schröder when Schröder was Prime Minister of Lower Saxony during most of the 1990s, and served as Schröder's chief of staff from 1996. When Schröder became Chancellor of Germany in 1998, Steinmeier was appointed Under-Secretary of State in the German Chancellery with the responsibility for the intelligence services. From 1999 to 2005 he served as Chief of Staff of the Chancellery.

Steinmeier belongs to the right wing of the SPD, known as reformists and moderates. As chief of staff he was a principal architect of Agenda 2010, the Schröder government's controversial reforms of the welfare state.

He was involved in the negotiations for a peaceful transition of government during the Maidan protests in Ukraine during the 2014 Ukraine coup.


On the initiation of sanctions against Russia amidst the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, towards the German population:

“There are tougher days ahead for us in Germany, too," [The sanctions imposed, he said, would inevitably bring them.] "We will have to be prepared to bear them if our solidarity is not just to be lip service, if it is to be taken seriously.”
Frank-Walter Steinmeier (27 March 2022)  [1]
He said that in a video message sent to a solidarity concert by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at Bellevue Palace, from which the Ukrainian ambassador, Andrij Melnyk, abstained since there were too many Russian musicians in the orchestra.[2]