Federal PresidentEnlarge image (© photothek/Thomas Köhler)
The Federal President (in German: "Bundespräsident") is Germany's head of state. He is the constitutional organ which represents the Federal Republic of Germany both at home and abroad. He does so by making the state - its existence, legitimacy, legality and unity - perceptible in all he does and in every public appearance. This highlights his role as a figure of integration and his monitoring function in his capacity as guardian of the law and the constitution. HIs period of office is five years, he can be re-elected only once.
The Federal Convention is the body to elect him. It is made up of members of the German parliament - the Bundestag, and an equal number of members selected by the 16 state parliaments.
Frank-Walter Steinmeier was elected as the 12th German President on 12 February 2017.