(born 5 January 1956) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), and currently the leader of the opposition in the Bundestag. Steinmeier was a close aide of Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, serving as Chief of Staff in the German Chancellery from 1999 to 2005. He subsequently served as Foreign Minister (2005–2009) and Vice Chancellor (2007–2009) in the grand coalition government of Angela Merkel. In 2008, he briefly served as acting chairman of his party.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Friday that neither he nor Chancellor Angela Merkel plan to attend the opening of the Beijing Olympics, but implied this was... - 03.28.2008, France24ENP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Frank-Walter Steinmeier both voted on Sunday in a general election which should see Merkel's conservative... - 09.27.2009, StarPulse
In the race to become Germany's next chancellor,recent polls put incumbent Angela Merkel of the Christian Democrats clearly ahead of her challenger Frank-Walter Steinmeier of the... - 09.17.2009, DailyMotion