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Gesine Schwan
2015-12 Gesine Schwan SPD Bundesparteitag by Olaf Kosinsky-8.jpg
President of the Viadrina European University
In office
1 October 1999 – 30 September 2008
Preceded by Hans Weiler
Succeeded by Gunter Pleuger
Personal details
Born 22 May 1943 (1943-05-22) (age 78)
Political party SPD
Spouse(s) Alexander Schwan (died 1989)
Peter Eigen (since 2004)
Alma mater Free University of Berlin
University of Freiburg
Profession 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.

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