German foreign minister challenges Merkel

BERLIN, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Social Democrats in Germany have tapped Foreign Minister Frank Walter Steinmeier to run against Chancellor Angela Merkel in the 2009 election.

Russia: Sanctions would hurt EU more

MOSCOW, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Sanctions against Russia over its recent military actions in Georgia would harm the European Union more than they would Russia, a Russian ambassador said.

West worried Georgia crisis is expanding

BERLIN, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Leaders in Europe are concerned that Russia's military campaign in Georgia may be repeated in other countries of the region.

NATO dithers in Russia

PARIS, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The extraordinary meeting of NATO's foreign ministers Tuesday reached an uneasy and unsatisfactory compromise over their response to Russia's military incursion into Georgia.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

Analysis: 'Obamania' in Berlin

BERLIN, July 24 (UPI) -- Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama in a major speech in Germany urged Europe to stand closer by America's side to win the war in Afghanistan and help solve security issues around the world.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent
Germany: Ireland will approve EU treaty

Germany: Ireland will approve EU treaty

BERLIN, July 22 (UPI) -- German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier says he's optimistic Ireland will find "a way forward" after a vote to ratify the Treaty of Lisbon.

German hostages freed by Kurd rebels

ISTANBUL, Turkey, July 20 (UPI) -- Three German mountain climbers abducted in Turkey by a Kurdish rebel group have been safely released, Turkish officials said Sunday.

Russia says Georgian troops must go

MOSCOW, July 19 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says that for peace talks to work, Georgia must remove its troops from Abkhazia's upper Kodori Gorge.

Obama's Brandenburg Gate controversy

BERLIN, July 14 (UPI) -- Not everyone wants presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama to speak in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin. Even the Obama team now seems ready to change plans after a dispute inside the German government began to damage the senator's campaign.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

Irish 'No' vote throws EU into crisis

BERLIN, June 16 (UPI) -- EU leaders Monday were picking through the wreckage of the body's constitutional reform but failed to come up with an easy fix for the crisis sparked by the Irish "No" vote to the Lisbon Treaty.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

The Irish 'No' won't last

WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- European leaders are plotting how to get around the rejection of the new European treaty in the Irish referendum. They have done it before and will do it again, but will weaken the EU's already fragile democratic legitimacy in the process.
MARTIN WALKER, UPI Editor Emeritus

New Russian president visits Berlin

BERLIN, June 5 (UPI) -- Russia's new president, Dmitry Medvedev, is paying his first official visit to Germany on Thursday.

Medvedev's first trip to the West sparks hopes

BERLIN, June 5 (UPI) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, in his first official visit to the West, on Thursday in Berlin vowed to bring Russia closer to Europe, but warned that NATO's relations with Russia would be "ruined" if the alliance expanded further east.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent

Livni, Steinmeier discuss Lebanon

TEL AVIV, Israel, June 2 (UPI) -- Tzipi Livni, Israeli minister of foreign affairs, met with her German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, to discuss recent political developments in Lebanon.

German government divided over Tibet, China

BERLIN, May 21 (UPI) -- The Dalai Lama has turned into a hot potato in Germany's icy relations with China, and the Tibetan Buddhist leader's latest visit to Berlin demonstrated once again how divided the German government is on the issue.
STEFAN NICOLA, UPI Germany Correspondent
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Frank Walter Steinmeier
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (L) greets Russian President Vladimir Putin before a meeting in Kremlin in Moscow on December 21, 2006. (UPI Photo/Anatoli Zhdanov)

Frank-Walter Steinmeier (born 5 January 1956) is a German politician who has served as the Foreign Minister of Germany since 22 November 2005 in the Grand Coalition of Angela Merkel. On 21 November 2007, he replaced Franz Müntefering as Vice-Chancellor. In the first half of 2007 he was also President of the European Council. He is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), and on 7 September 2008, Steinmeier was designated as the candidate of the SPD for the office of Chancellor of Germany in the 2009 federal election.

Steinmeier was born in Detmold. Following his Abitur, he served his military service from 1974 until 1976. He then studied law and political science at the Justus-Liebig-Universität of Gießen. In 1982 he passed his first and 1986 his second state exam in law. He worked as scientific assistant to the professor of public law and political science at the Gießen university, until he obtained his doctorate of law in 1991.

Steinmeier is married and has one daughter.

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