German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier (C) attends a European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels, Belgium November 14, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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Germany's ruling coalition backed Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as the country's next president Monday, paving the way for an outspoken critic of Donald Trump to become head of state in Europe's top economy.On Monday, Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative bloc agreed on Germany's most popular politician, Steinmeier, whose name had been put forward by his Social Democratic Party (SPD).Steinmeier, 60, has emerged in recent months as the German government's most strident detractor of US President-elect Donald Trump.During the US campaign, Steinmeier was even more damning, saying the prospect of a Trump presidency was a "frightening" prospect for the world.Media reports said that Steinmeier could be replaced by European Parliament president Martin Schulz, a Social Democrat, as foreign minister.
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