More Responsibility? - Germany's Role in International Affairs. Interview with the German President Joachim Gauck.
Germany's president was given the highest military honors upon his departure as the country's head of state. Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Gauck "never lost faith in our country."
Outgoing President Joachim Gauck was once a pastor who lived in a totalitarian state. His past always remained a part of him, and had a great impact on his presidency, says DW Editor-in-Chief Alexander Kudascheff.
The former top diplomat has taken over as Germany's 12th president. Steinmeier will serve as symbolic head of the nation during a particularly tense federal election campaign.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier has been sworn in as German president. The popular Social Democrat and former foreign minister used his maiden speech to urge Turkey's President Erdogan to ease tensions between their countries.
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