Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Germany's Steinmeier elected president amid stormy political climate

Former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected to become the nation's president on Sunday by an overwhelming majority of a special constitutional assembly, despite the vote falling short of what had been expected.

Germany's ex-foreign minister Steinmeier set to win presidency

Former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to become the nation's 12th president since World War II on Sunday when a special constitutional assembly elects a new head of state.

German presidential vote is a fresh political test for Merkel

Backed by Chancellor Angela Merkel's coalition, former German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to be elected as the nation's president on Sunday. But what does the vote say about Merkel's current political authority?

Finally 'a bit more clarity' - German minister welcomes Brexit speech

Britain has "finally" laid out in more detail its EU exit plan, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says, cautiously welcoming a speech by Prime Minister Theresa May.

Germany pledges additional 50 million euros in aid as Aleppo crumbles

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier pledged 50 million euros (53.2 million dollars) in aid to the war-torn city of Aleppo in Syria after visiting a refugee camp in neighbouring Lebanon on Friday.

Steinmeier cancels meeting with Stier due to Lebanon visit

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has cancelled a meeting he was due to hold with Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier in Berlin on Friday because of an unplanned visit to Lebanon and the meeting has been rescheduled for December 14.

Merkel's party backs Steinmeier for hotly contested presidency

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) will endorse Social Democrat Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as a candidate for the presidency, according to sources in the government.

German foreign minister says EU break-up is a real threat

The break-up of the European Union is a real possibility, warns German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier in comments released ahead of their Monday publication in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung.

Steinmeier: Ukraine agrees to new ceasefire for eastern regions

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenkop agreed on Wednesday to a new ceasefire for the country's conflict-ridden eastern regions, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said after meeting with Poroshenko.

German foreign minister: Populists like Trump "toxic" for economy

Right-wing populist politicians, like US presidential candidate Donald Trump, are "toxic" for the economy, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said at a conference on Tuesday.

Russia rejects longer Aleppo ceasefire, hints at joint action with US

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday rejected his German counterpart's call for a ceasefire longer than the current three hours daily to allow humanitarian aid into the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Germany calls on Russia to lay down arms to allow Aleppo aid

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called on Russia to lay down its weapons to allow humanitarian aid to reach the embattled city of Aleppo in northern Syria.

Russia: Relations with Germany "not experiencing their best times"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Sunday that Russia is not to blame for a current low point in relations between Berlin and Moscow.

Germany: Russia-Turkey thaw is "advantageous," will not affect NATO

German officials said Tuesday that the rapprochement between Ankara and Moscow after Turkey downed a Russian fighter jet near the Syrian border last year was an important step and was unlikely to affect Turkey's NATO membership.

Germany's Steinmeier: Trump is a "hate-monger"

US presidential candidate Donald Trump is a "hate-monger," German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Thursday, expressing his concern about the spread of the "monstrosity of nationalism" around the world.

German ministers call for rapid Brexit talks, Lew stresses openness

Two top German ministers called on Thursday for a rapid round of negotiations to pave the way for Britain to leave the European Union now that Britain has set up its new government.

Steinmeier: Albania needs judicial reform before EU accession talks

Judicial reform is a precondition for talks about Albania's accession to the European Union, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said during a visit to the country's capital Tirana on Tuesday.

Global, regional powers ask UN to resume Syria peace talks

The United Nations should resume the next round of peace talks as soon as possible, foreign ministers of global and regional powers agreed, according to Germany's chief diplomat Frank-Walter Steinmeier.

Minister: Germany free to critique Turkey despite migration deal

Germany's top diplomat rejected accusations that Berlin is showing too much deference to Ankara as it works to implement a controversial EU-Turkey migration deal.

German foreign minister warns EU of nationalism "tailspin"

Germany's foreign minister warned of a return to nationalism in Europe as several challenges

Germany: There is "no return" to peace talks without Aleppo truce

Germany and France insist on an immediate ceasefire in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo, where heavy fighting has raged in recent days.

Steinmeier says his party was overruled by Merkel in defamation case

Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says his Social Democrats (SPD) were overruled by Chancellor Angela Merkel in their opposition to allowing criminal proceedings against a comedian who insulted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Steinmeier urges trust-building to end crises in Ukraine, Middle East

Renewed dialogue and trust-building are needed to solve the complex crises faced by the world today, including the conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told the UN Security Council Monday.

German, French ministers urge Kiev not to stray from pro-Western path

France and Germany's foreign ministers appealed to Ukraine's political leaders on Monday to push forward with economic reforms and their fight against corruption as a political crisis threatened Ukraine's future.

Steinmeier warns Turkey, Russia, Kurds to show restraint in Syria

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calls on Moscow, Ankara and the Kurdish forces to exercise restraint in Syria, ahead of a cessation of hostilities agreed to at talks in the German city of Munich last week.

World powers push for breakthrough in Syrian conflict ahead of talks

World powers convening in Munich on Thursday are working towards a ceasefire to end hostilities in Syria's civil war, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said ahead of a meeting of the International Syria Support Group.

Steinmeier, Hammond urge Bosnian authorities to pursue reforms

British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier have called on politicians in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) to show more determination in the implementation of a reform plan adopted in 2015, saying that progress on possible European Union membership depends solely on that.

EU ministers warn of insufficient reform progress in Ukraine

EU foreign ministers are concerned that there is insufficient progress on reforms in Ukraine, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Monday.