Gesine Schwan

German political scientist

Gesine Schwan (born 22 May 1943) is a German political science professor. She is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany. The party has nominated her twice as a candidate for the federal presidential elections. On 23 May 2004, she was defeated by the Christian Democrat Horst Köhler. On 23 May 2009, Köhler beat her again to win his second term.[1]

Gesine Schwan
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President of the Viadrina European University
In office
1 October 1999 – 30 September 2008
Preceded byHans Weiler
Succeeded byGunter Pleuger
Personal details
Born (1943-05-22) 22 May 1943 (age 77)
Political partySPD
Spouse(s)Alexander Schwan (died 1989)
Peter Eigen (since 2004)
Alma materFree University of Berlin
University of Freiburg
ProfessionPolitical scientist


  1. Abramsohn, Jennifer (2008-05-27). "Presidency Dispute Deepens Rift in Merkel's Coalition" (PDF). Deutsche Welle. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2008-08-13. Retrieved 2008-08-01.