Friday

20th Jan 2017

Ticker

German foreign minister tipped to become president

German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has received widespread backing for the forthcoming presidential election. His Social-Democratic Party (SPD) and Angela Merkel's Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) both agreed on Monday to support him. The election for the mostly ceremonial post is due to take place next February. German presidents are elected by a special assembly of all MPs and representatives of regions.

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