Germany’s Social Democrats have named the country’s foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to become the country’s next president – a ceremonial head of state. Party chairman Sigmar Gabriel said he regrets objections among Chancellor Merkel's Bavarian allies.

As reported by Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW), Gabriel said Steinmeier meets all the criteria as a candidate.

“But, unfortunately he has found no support among the Union,” Gabriel told the mass tabloid Bild,...

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