Frank-Walter Steinmeier sworn in as 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany

23 March 2017
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

Steinmeier replaces Joachim Gauck

Frank-Walter Steinmeier was sworn in as 12th President of the Federal Republic of Germany during a ceremony in the Bundestag on 22 March. In his maiden speech, Steinmeier called upon Germans to defend democracy during a time when it was contested across the world.

Steinmeier was elected to his new role on 12 February and replaces Joachim Gauck. Steinmeier had previously served as Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs from 2013-17.

Click here to read Steinmeier's speech (in German)

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