On Friday afternoon, March 18, in Germany died a famous politician Guido Westerwelle. It is reported by the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung citing the statement of representatives of Westerwelle. The former head of the German foreign Ministry and former Chairman of the country’s largest liberal Free democratic party (FDP) died in the hospital of the University of Cologne from the effects of cancer at the age of 54.
In 1980, at the age of 18 years, Westerwelle joined in FDP, taking an active part in the formation of a youth wing of the party. The politician was walking quickly up the career ladder: since 1988 he was member of the Executive Committee of the party, and since 1994 has occupied the second important post of General Secretary.
In may 2001, was headed by Westerwelle, FDP, succeeding Wolfgang Gerhard, a former Minister of science of Germany in the unification of Germany. In less than 40 years, Westerwelle became the youngest leader of the free democratic party. After the 2005 election, Westerwelle refused to enter a coalition with social Democrat Gerhard Schroeder, and before the next election, his party remained in opposition.
Career Westerwelle and the FDP’s popularity peaked in 2009. Then at the last election his party took third place with 14.6% of the vote (best ever result for FDP), receiving 93 of the parliamentary mandate in the Bundestag from 622. As a “Junior partner” in a coalition government led by Angela Merkel politician received the Vice-Chancellor and Minister for foreign Affairs.
On during his term of office coincided with the scandal surrounding Wikileaks and the beginning of the “Arab spring”. According to U.S. diplomats released by Wikileaks, Westerwelle was skeptical of transatlantic integration and strengthening ties between Europe and the USA.
It Westerwelle belongs to the phrase “Europe’s last dictator” Alexander Lukashenka, though the politician was the first head of the German foreign Ministry, visited Belarus since the beginning of Lukashenka’s rule. In December 2013, a few days before his resignation, the politician visited the camp of the opposition on Euromaidan in Kiev.
Westerwelle gave the position of leader of the FDP Philipp Rösler in may 2011. In the elections in the fall of 2013 FDP won only 4.8% of the vote and not passed in the Bundestag, Westerwelle gave the post of Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and retired from active politics.
In the summer of 2014 the German newspaper Speigel first reported that Westerwelle with leukemia, from which he died two years later.
Guido Westerwelle, also known as the first openly gay Vice Chancellor and Foreign Minister in the entire history of Germany. With his partner Michael Mancam he registered relations in September 2010.