Christian Lindner hopes some day to fill the big shoes of the late Dietrich Genscher, the ultimate kingmaker who was long the public face of Germany to the world as foreign minister.
Smack dab in the middle of a ruling coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU-CSU bloc and the Green Party is where the FDP sees itself after the September election. Source: DPA
Katja Suding, the FDP's deputy chairperson, has promoted campaigns that simultaneously fight against and flirt with the sexist streak still running through German public life. Source: DPA
Philipp Rösler, the party chairman and economics minister, tried to breathe some youthful breath into the aging FDP party. He gave up the party leadership and politics after the party's stinging defeat in 2013. Source: DPA
Guido Westerwelle, the foreign minister and previous party chairman, toured around Germany during 2013 campaign, touting the FDP as a “party of fun” but voters weren’t amused. Source: DPA/Picture Alliance
Four years after achieving an all-time high of 15 percent in 2009, Guidlo Westerwelle with fellow FDP leaders suffered a huge blow, failing to clear the 5-percent hurdle for the first time in the party's history. Source: AP
Amid a campaign contributions scandal, the passionate skydiver and vice chancellor Jürgen Möllemann apparently committed suicide by jumping from an airplane and not pulling his parachute rip cord. Source. DPA
Compared by some commentators to U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (middle) Foreign Minister Genscher was seen as the architect of German reunification, with a big helping hand from Soviet ruler Mikhail Gorbachev. Source: DPA
Walter Scheel, Germany's third president, was a folksy person. His recorded version of the famous folk song "Hoch auf dem gelben Wagen" (High Up on the Yellow Cart) rose to No. 5 on the German charts.