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  • Frank-Walter Steinmeier is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany who has served as Minister for Foreign Affairs since 2013. 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 and Vice Chancellor in the grand coalition government of Angela Merkel. In 2008, he briefly served as acting chairman of his party. Steinmeier is known as a reform-minded moderate within the SPD and associated with the Schröder government's controversial drive to overhaul the welfare state.

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