Sitting parliamentary leader to donate kidney

SOMETIMES THE TERM “HUMAN interest story” doesn’t quite do a situation justice. Take the example of German politician Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is scheduled to undergo a very special operation here in Berlin tomorrow.

If most Americans have never heard of Steinmeier, it’s not for his lack of trying. The head of the Social Democratic group in the German Bundestag, Steinmeier challenged Angela Merkel for the chancellorship in last fall’s bruising parliamentary elections, coming in at a distant second place. He had previously served as Germany’s foreign minister and as vice-chancellor in the country’s Christian Democratic – Social Democratic coalition. Since the election, he has…


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