Germany: Christian Frank-Walter Steinmeier re-elected president for a five-year term

The German head of state, the social democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier, was re-elected on Sunday for five years to this essentially ceremonial post where he must embody a moral authority going beyond partisan divisions. 

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, in office since March 2017, was re-elected on Sunday February 13 by a large majority by a specially constituted electoral college, bringing together national deputies, a large number of local elected officials, former German leaders , as well as certain personalities from civil society.

Emmanuel Macron was quick to congratulate his German counterpart on Twitter. He sent him all his “congratulations”. "Together, let's continue to nurture the precious friendship that unites Germany and France and to promote our European values," he added.

Frank-Walter Steinmeier who is the former head of German diplomacy is also known to be a committed Christian.

Dance a program dedicated to the president's Christian faith broadcast in 2017 by radio Deutschlandfunk Kultur during his first term, the host explained that the head of state is a “reformed Christian”. "That is to say, a Protestant who does not refer to Martin Luther but mainly to John Calvin", she specified.

In Germany, Reformed Christians are a small minority who represent less than 10% of the members of the EKD, the Evangelical Church of Germany. They are about two million in the country.

Camille Westphal Perrier (with AFP)

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