Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set to be next President of Germany as the consensus candidate of the CDU, CSU and SPD parties that form the German government.
Judging by the overwhelming majority of votes he has received from the grand coalition in Parliament, no-one can be in any doubt of the outcome.
After lengthy wrangling Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), will hoist the Social Democrat politician into the country’s top office.
Steinmeier has been an established name in federal politics for many years, most recently as Foreign Minister in the grand coalition. According to polls, the majority of people see him as the face of German diplomacy. His position as Foreign Minister was the most recent in a series held by the 60 year-old in his almost 20 year political career.
When Steinmeier replaces current President, Joachim Gauck, a man who is no stranger to politics will be taking the stage.