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.
|President of the Viadrina European University|
1 October 1999 – 30 September 2008
|Preceded by||Hans Weiler|
|Succeeded by||Gunter Pleuger|
|Born||22 May 1943|
|Spouse(s)||Alexander Schwan (died 1989)|
Peter Eigen (since 2004)
|Alma mater||Free University of Berlin|
University of Freiburg
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