About: Frank Walter Steinmeier

Munich Security Conference – Day #1

As high-ranking security leaders gather in Bavaria for the annual Munich Security Conference this weekend, EURACTIV gives you a glimpse into what is driving the conversation on foreign, defence and security policy. Here's Day 1 in a nutshell.

Steinmeier in Munich: US, China, Russia undermine global order, trust

Germany's President Frank Walter Steinmeier accused Washington, Beijing and Moscow on Friday (14 February) of jeopardising the international order by stoking global mistrust and insecurity with a "great powers competition".
Global Europe 27-01-2020

With anti-Semitism on the rise, Auschwitz liberation commemorated

World leaders join ageing Holocaust survivors in Poland on Monday (27 January) to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops, amid concerns over a global resurgence of anti-Semitism.
Europe's East 10-12-2019

Normandy summit upholds ‘Steinmeier formula’ for Eastern Ukraine

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, in their first face-to-face meeting, took part in nine hours of talks in Paris on Monday (9 November), brokered by French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Europe's East 03-10-2019

EU Commission hopeful of Russia-Ukraine thaw as many in Kyiv denounce ‘capitulation’

The European Commission commended on Thursday (3 October) a recent diplomatic meeting in the Belarus capital Minsk, which gives hope for an international summit to stop the fighting in Eastern Ukraine. But many in Ukraine see the development as “capitulation”.
Global Europe 02-09-2019

At WWII anniversary, Germany asks forgiveness while Poland demands compensations

Germany's president asked for forgiveness for his country on Sunday (1 September) for the suffering of the Polish people during World War Two as Poland marked 80 years since the Nazi German invasion that unleashed the deadliest conflict in human history.

Chizhov: The Ukraine conflict is not in Russia’s interest

In an exclusive interview, the long-serving Russian ambassador to the EU Vladimir Chizhov provided insight on his country’s position on the Azov Sea situation, which led to the cancelling of a meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Argentina.
Global Europe 02-10-2018

Erdogan’s Germany visit exposes splits despite warmer tone

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan showed a more conciliatory tone on a hugely sensitive visit to Germany but both sides still have daunting task ahead to rebuild relations and trust battered by a succession of disputes.
Future EU 27-11-2017

Merkel points to grand coalition with Social Democrats

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday (25 November) welcomed the prospect of talks on a "grand coalition" with her Social Democrat (SPD) rivals and defended the record of the previous such government, saying it had worked well.
Future EU 24-11-2017

Martin Schulz’ position as SPD leader ‘untenable’

The leader of Germany's Social Democrats came under growing pressure yesterday (23 November) to drop his opposition to a new "grand coalition" with Angela Merkel's conservatives, with senior politicians arguing the party had a duty to promote stability.
Future EU 23-11-2017

Bütikofer: In the name of EU, Steinmeier will put pressure on his comrades

Germany's failed coalition talks are hurting Europe's reform agenda so Brussels and EU capitals should lean on the country's political leaders to find an agreement and avoid another election, Green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer, who took part in the talks, said on Thursday (23 November).
Road charging 31-03-2017

Austria to file legal challenge against German highway toll

Austria said on Friday (31 March) it would file a legal challenge against plans by Germany to introduce a road toll for foreign-registered cars using German highways.
Elections 13-02-2017

Germany elects ‘anti-Trump’ Steinmeier as president

Billed as Germany's "anti-Trump", former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected Sunday (12 February) as the new head of state, vowing to stand up to simplistic populist rhetoric.
Elections 23-01-2017

Germany gears up for election as SPD chooses candidate to face Merkel

On Sunday (29 January), Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) will meet to nominate its candidate to face Angela Merkel for the decisive upcoming election. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Future EU 23-01-2017

Far-right ‘counter-summit’ claims ‘Europe will wake up in 2017’

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and "wake up" in 2017, at a meeting of far-right leaders aiming to oust established parties in elections this year.
Global Europe 17-01-2017

Germany says NATO concerned about Trump ‘obsolete’ remark

Germany's Foreign Minister said yesterday (16 January) that US President-elect Donald Trump's comments that NATO was obsolete had aroused concern across the 28-member alliance.
Security 20-12-2016

Berlin Christmas market attack ‘affects all Europe’

French President François Hollande and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker sent the German people their sympathies after a truck plowed into a crowded Christmas market in central Berlin yesterday evening (19 December) killing 12 people in what police this morning described as "an attack".
Elections 05-12-2016

European relief at Austrian far-right election defeat

Austrian voters have resoundingly rejected anti-immigration and eurosceptic Norbert Hofer's bid to become the European Union's first far-right president, a result greeted with relief from centrist politicians across the continent.
Defence policy 30-11-2016

Ukraine peace talks end without agreement

Four-way talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine finished without a breakthrough yesterday (29 November), with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declaring that "lip service" statements were not enough to achieve lasting peace.
Europe's East 29-11-2016

Steinmeier: Ukraine to show ‘responsibility’ at Minsk talks

Germany's foreign minister called on Ukraine and Russia to "show responsibility" and agree on a roadmap in four-way talks on Tuesday (29 November) on how to implement last year's ceasefire accord for eastern Ukraine, but dampened hopes for a breakthrough.
Elections 25-11-2016

Schulz, the feared former football defender, now goes on the attack

Martin Schulz, a one-time football player feared for his defensive tackles, made up his mind in the last week of November to leave the European Parliament’s helm, considering it the right time to fight for the leadership of his party, and Germany.
Elections 24-11-2016

Schulz to give up European Parliament for German politics

Martin Schulz will announce this morning (24 November) that he is giving up his bid to serve another term as European Parliament president and will instead campaign for a seat in the German Bundestag in next year's elections.
Enlargement 16-11-2016

Turkey says it’s tired of ‘two-faced’ EU attitude

Turkey is "fed up" with European Union condescension in talks over its application to join the bloc, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said yesterday (15 November), reflecting Ankara's exasperation with EU criticism over human rights.
Enlargement 15-11-2016

EU ministers criticise Turkey but not ready to halt membership talks

European Union foreign ministers yesterday (14 November) criticised Turkey's crackdown on alleged supporters of a failed military coup in July but Austria's call to suspend Ankara's EU membership bid failed to garner enough backing.

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