Frank-Walter Steinmeier

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Frank-Walter Steinmeier
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Meenister for Foreign Affairs
Assumed office
17 December 2013
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Guido Westerwelle
In office
22 November 2005 – 27 October 2009
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Joschka Fischer
Succeeded by Guido Westerwelle
Leader o the Social Democratic Pairty in the Bundestag
In office
27 October 2009 – 16 December 2013
Preceded by Peter Struck
Succeeded by Thomas Oppermann
Vice Chancellor o Germany
In office
21 November 2007 – 27 October 2009
Chancellor Angela Merkel
Preceded by Franz Müntefering
Succeeded by Guido Westerwelle
Chief o the Chancellery
In office
31 July 1999 – 22 November 2005
Chancellor Gerhard Schröder
Preceded by Bodo Hombach
Succeeded by Thomas de Maizière
Personal details
Born 5 Januar 1956 (1956-01-05) (age 60)
Detmold, Wast Germany
(nou Germany)
Poleetical pairty Social Democratic Pairty
Alma mater Varsity o Giessen
Releegion Lutheranism

Frank-Walter Steinmeier [ˈfʁaŋkˌvaltɐ ˈʃtaɪ̯nˌmaɪ̯.ɐ] (born 5 Januar 1956) is a German politeecian o the Social Democratic Pairty o Germany (SPD) who haes served as Meenister for Foreign Affairs syne 2013. Steinmeier wis a close aide o Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, servin as Chief o Staff in the German Chancellery frae 1999 tae 2005. He subsequently served as Foreign Meenister (2005–2009) an Vice Chancellor (2007–2009) in the grand coalition govrenment o Angela Merkel. In 2008, he briefly served as actin chairman o his party.