Social-Democrat Frank-Walter Steinmeier: New President of Germany

German former foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as German president by German Federal Assembly on Sunday, succeeding the outgoing President Joachim Gauck.

German local media speculated former Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier as an obvious victor since he has gained the grand governing coalition on his back.

Czech MEP Pavel Telicka, ANO' foreign affairs expert, said he believes Steinmeier will continue with the legacy of Gauck who was a wise president.

Though the trained lawyer is usually measured in his speech, in the thick of last year's United States election campaign Mr Steinmeier labelled Donald Trump a "hate preacher".

The 61-year-old, who regularly polls as Germany's most popular politician, will represent the EU's top economy overseas and act as a kind of moral arbiter for the nation.

Sunday's presidential election was a far more significant affair than usual: for Germany's immediate political future and its role in a world Mr Steinmeier said was "turning off its axis". "I don't want to sugarcoat anything".

Steinmeier's election to a five-year term came as no surprise.

The election of the usually impeccably mannered diplomat, who spent seven of the last 11 years leading the foreign ministry, marked a setback for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservative Christian Democrats, who had failed to agree on their own candidate. In Germany, the continent's largest and most influential country, some 73 percent supported Clinton and 80 percent thought that a Trump victory would hurt transatlantic relations, according to Forsa and ZDF TV opinion polls just days before the election. Both sides hope to end the "grand coalition".