Broad backing hints German President Steinmeier set for second term

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German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is set for a second five-year term in office after receiving the backing of all three parties in the country’s governing coalition. Steinmeier is a member of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the largest party in the coalition – but has also received the support of the Free Democrats (FDP) and, on Tuesday, the Greens. The largest opposition grouping in parliament, the conservative alliance of the Christian Democrats (CDU) and the Bavarian-based Christian Social Union (CSU), are likely to support a second term for Steinmeier too, dpa has learned. The presiden…

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