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"Pro-Russian" Steinmeier Elected German President; Putin Delighted

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"Pro-Russian" Steinmeier Elected German President; Putin Delighted


Feb 12, 2017 2:22 PM
Zero Hedge

Germany's former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as the country's next president on Sunday. Steinmeier, a Social Democrat who had served as foreign minister until last month, won 931 of the 1,239 valid votes by lawmakers of Germany's 16 federal states, becoming the 12th person to hold the largely ceremonial post in Germany's post-war era. He will succeed current president Joachim Gauck, a 77-year-old former pastor and pro-democracy activist from east Germany, when he steps down on March 18.

 


Germany's new president Frank-Walter Steinmeier

His election was largely predetermined last November, when as reported at the time, Angela Merkel suffered her latest a political setback "by accepting that foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, a candidate from the rival Social Democrat party, should be the country’s next president. Steinmeier was likely to be voted into the largely honorary post with reluctant backing from the chancellor’s conservative CDU/CSU alliance, which has failed to find a suitable candidate"

Merkel's reported antagonism to the candidate, however, was not on display after Bundestag president Norbert Lammert announced the results, at which point all representatives held a standing ovation except for a few dozen members of the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, Reuters reports. The anti-immigrant AfD, which has no lawmakers in the lower house but holds seats in 10 of Germany's 16 state parliaments, is forecast to be the third-largest party after a general election on Sept. 24.

"I have faith in him to lead our country in these difficult times," Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is seeking a fourth term, said after the vote.

The presidency of Steinmeier, while ceremonial, may spark a pro-Kremlin turn in Germany. Dubbed as "pro-Russian" during his foreign ministerial days, Steinmeier last year drew criticism when he said NATO's decision to stage military maneuvers in eastern Europe amounted to "saber-rattling". His Social Democrats prefer a softer stance towards Russia than Merkel's conservatives.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-02-12/pro-russian-steinmeier-elected-german-president-putin-delighted

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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Germany elects Pro EU 'anti-Trump' candidate Frank-Walter Steinmeier as president


    German parliamentary assembly has elected Frank-Walter Steinmeier to become the country’s next president by an overwhelming majority.

    Mr Steinmeier, Germany’s former foreign minister, strongly criticised Donald Trump during the US election campaign.

    When asked in August about the rise of right-wing populism in Germany and elsewhere, Mr Steinmeier criticised those who “make politics with fear”.

    He cited the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, the promoters of Britain’s exit from the European Union, and “the hate preachers, like Donald Trump at the moment in the United States”. 

    The daily Berliner Morgenpost billed Mr Steinmeier as “the anti-Trump president”.


    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/frank-walter-steinmeier-elected-german-president-donald-trump-angela-merkel-sdp-a7576056.html

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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Frank-walter Steinmeier: 

    A British exit from the EU, or Brexit, would severely damage the European project and the remaining member states would then have to do everything they could to prevent a reversal of the integration process.

    "We in Europe bear a joint responsibility for ensuring that we do not fall back into a nationalism of single states," Steinmeier said.

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator
    JUNE 2016

    European SUPERSTATE to be unveiled: EU nations 'to be morphed into one' post-Brexit


    EUROPEAN political chiefs are to take advantage of Brexit by unveiling their long-held plan to morph the continent’s countries into one GIANT SUPERSTATE, it has emerged.


    The foreign ministers of France and Germany are due to reveal a blueprint to effectively do away with individual member states in what is being described as an “ultimatum”. 

    Under the radical proposals EU countries will lose the right to have their own army, criminal law, taxation system or central bank, with all those powers being transferred to Brussels. 


    The public broadcaster reported the bombshell proposal would be presented to a meeting of the Visegrad group of countries - made up of Poland, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia - by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. 


    http://www.express.co.uk/news/politics/683739/EU-referendum-German-French-European-superstate-Brexit

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    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
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