Press and Secrets: Even when People are OUT Political Correctness Dominates in German Press
By William Walker, Kuwait
Since as early as 2000, the new German Foreign Minister, Guido Westerwelle, has been one of the three or four most-well known gay politicians in Central Europe. The Free Democratic (FDP or Liberal) Party leader, Westerwelle, took his party to an unprecedented electoral success in September of this very year.
This last weekend, Westerwelle's party signed an agreement to co-lead the German national government for the next four years with Angela Merkel's CDU-CSU coalition. For the first time in years, Westerwelle's appointment had brought criticism to his preferred gender relationships here in Germany. For example, it was highly questioned by some circles whether the foreign minister of Germany would be accepted in all international circles. For example, one newspaper noted that in the Middle East Westerwelle would be looked upon particularly askance, i.e. as representative of the nation state of Germany.