Peer Steinbrück can look back on a long political career – including 18 years of federal and state government service. He was Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia from 2002 to 2005. From 2005 to 2009 he held the position of German Federal Minister of Finance. As Federal Minister of Finance, Peer Steinbrück proved to be an effective crisis manager during the financial and economic crisis.
He is known for being a man of lucidity and gained respect during his political career, even among his political opponents. A passionate chess player, he is articulate and not afraid to spark controversy with his outspoken statements.