FDP stands for Freie Demokratische Partei, and is a liberal political party in Germany.

The FDP was founded at the end of 1948, and has played a part in many national and regional governments ever since – often as a minority coalition partner.

The following politicians belonged or belong to the party: Theodor Heuss, Walter Scheel, Hans-Dietrich Genscher and Giudo Westerwelle.

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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant solving computer problems and designing websites. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


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