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Guido Westerwelle To Be Germany’s First Gay Vice-Chancellor

Jim Burroway

September 28th, 2009
Guido Westerwelle (left) with his partner, Michael Mronz.

Guido Westerwelle (left) with his partner, Michael Mronz.

Germany’s recent election results mean that the country will be taking a more conservative direction. Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats and the smaller pro-business Free Democrat Party will form a coalition government. As a result, FDP leader Guido Westerwelle will become vice-chancellor, and will pick up as many as three cabinet posts. And while he’s quite conservative in his economic policies, his selection promises to bring a certain flamboyance to Germany’s famously staid political culture:

A permanent tan and close fitting suits tailored to a well-preserved physique belie the scars accumulated in eight years as leader of Germany’s third political force. …Mr Westerwelle had his official coming-out when he attended Angela Merkel’s 50th birthday party in 2004 with his partner, businessman Michael Mronz, and has said he would like to have a family.

More controversially in Germany, he has appeared on Big Brother and painted the party’s election goal of 18 per cent on the soles of his shoes in a widely ridiculed campaign stunt that cemented his foppish reputation.

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Penguinsaur
September 28th, 2009 | LINK

“a widely ridiculed campaign stunt that cemented his foppish reputation.”

So basically he’s a gay Biden.

Christopher Waldrop
September 29th, 2009 | LINK

He’s gay, but it’s his appearing on Big Brother and a lame campaign stunt that are controversial in Germany. Obviously “conservative” means very different things in different countries.

prediger
September 29th, 2009 | LINK

westerwelle’s homosexuality had been an often laughed-at “secret” here in germany for many years of his political carreer. he just came out to public when he was absolutely sure that the risk to do so would be small enough – other politicians had paved the way.

the “18″ at the soles of his boots were also rather ridiculous, even more so because the same number is a secret code for “adolf hitler” used by german neonazis (which westerwelle obviously didn’t know).

his liberal party keeps on making nice promises to gays and, whenever it comes to a voting, they actually vote AGAINST gay rights. in a coalition with the conservative CDU (which rejects ANY further step towards equality) all the nice gay rights fairytales in the liberal party’s program will be immedately thrown overboard, to concentrate on preparing the next neo-liberal catastrophy.

when asked about his homosexuality, westerwelle keeps emphasizing how very unimportant this topic is and how very well he separates his “bedroom” from his bureau – to calm anyone who’d expect any “gay politics” of him. so homosexuality is a question that should be kept in the “bedroom”?

no reason at all for a big cheer about this close-to-the-closet homo. i rather feel ashamed than proud to have this guy being one of “the family”.

even though of course it is some nice signal to have an “openly” gay vice-chancellor, i don’t expect any pro-gay politics from this clown.

Audrey the Liberal
September 30th, 2009 | LINK

As someone who thinks that free-market capitalism is a liberal idea, reading “he’s quite conservative in his economic policies” makes my teeth itch. Yes, I know others operate on a different cultural axis, I still wish to point this out.

Mark in Colorado
October 2nd, 2009 | LINK

Fascinating doesn’t begin to describe this occurrence in history. The photo you all chose to accompany this post is priceless. It all says so much and yet I don’t know exactly what.

Thank you.

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