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Encyclopedia > Guido Westerwelle
Guido Westerwelle
Born December 27, 1961
Bad Honnef, Germany
Political party FDP
Residence Berlin, Bonn
Occupation Politician, Lawyer
Member of Parliament
In office
1996 – current
Preceded by Heinz Lanfermann
Succeeded by Incumbent
Chairman of the FDP
In office
2004 – Current
Preceded by Wolfgang Gerhardt
Succeeded by Incumbent
Leader of the Opposition
In office
2006 – Current
Preceded by Wolfgang Gerhardt
Succeeded by Incumbent

Dr. iur. Guido Westerwelle (born December 27, 1961) is a German politician and leader of the center right party Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP), sometimes called the liberal party, meaning the party is for liberalization of markets. As such he is also the current Leader of the Opposition within the German parliament. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2000x2711, 571 KB) Summary Description: Guido Westerwelle Source: http://www. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (2000x2711, 571 KB) Summary Description: Guido Westerwelle Source: http://www. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Bad Honnef seen from the Drachenfels Bad Honnef is a spa town in Germany near Bonn in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhine-Westphalia. ... Categories: Politics stubs | Liberal related stubs | German political parties | Liberal parties ... Berlin is the capital city and one of the sixteen states of the Federal Republic of Germany. ... Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany, located about 20 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. ... Wolfgang Gerhard Wolfgang Gerhardt (born December 31, 1943 in Ulrichstein) is a German politician and the former leader of the FDP (1995 - 2001). ... Wolfgang Gerhard Wolfgang Gerhardt (born December 31, 1943 in Ulrichstein) is a German politician and the former leader of the FDP (1995 - 2001). ... A doctorate is an academic degree of the highest level. ... December 27 is the 361st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (362nd in leap years). ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... Categories: Politics stubs | Liberal related stubs | German political parties | Liberal parties ... The Leader of the Opposition is a title traditionally held by the leader of the largest party not in government in a Westminster System of parliamentary government. ... The Bundestag (Federal Diet) is the parliament of Germany. ...

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Early life and education

Guido Westerwelle was born in Bad Honnef, Germany. After graduating from Gymnasium in 1980, he studied law at the University of Bonn from 1980 to 1987. Following the First and Second State Law Examinations in 1987 and 1991 respectively, he began practicing as an attorney in Bonn in 1991. In 1994, he earned a doctoral degree in law from the University of Hagen. Bad Honnef seen from the Drachenfels Bad Honnef is a spa town in Germany near Bonn in the Rhein-Sieg district, North Rhine-Westphalia. ... A gymnasium (pronounced with or, in Swedish, as opposed to ) is a type of school providing secondary education in some parts of Europe, comparable to English Grammar Schools and U.S. High Schools. ... The main building, viewed from the Hofgarten. ... Bonn is the 19th largest city in Germany, located about 20 kilometres south of Cologne on the river Rhine in the Federal State of North Rhine-Westphalia. ... Hagen is the 37th largest city in Germany, located in the federal state of North Rhine-Westphalia. ...


Life in the FDP

Westerwelle joined the FDP in 1980. He was a founding member of Junge Liberale, the youth organisation of the FDP and was their chairman from 1983 to 1988. He has been a member of the Executive Board of the FDP since 1988 and became Secretary General in 1994. In 1996, he was elected to the German parliament (Bundestag), succeeded Wolfgang Gerhardt in 2001 as FDP chairman and in the elections of September 2002, he was the FDP's chancellor-candidate. It was the first and only time that the FDP nominated one. In the elections of 2005, he was just "head candidate" again. In the spring of 2006, he is also succeeded Gerhardt as leader of the Bundestag parliamentary group. Junge Liberalen (Young Liberals), generally called JuLis, a political youth organization in Germany. ... The Bundestag (Federal Diet) is the parliament of Germany. ... Wolfgang Gerhard Wolfgang Gerhardt (born December 31, 1943 in Ulrichstein) is a German politician and the former leader of the FDP (1995 - 2001). ... The head of government of Germany is called Chancellor (German: Kanzler or Bundeskanzler meaning federal chancellor). ...


His politics

Westerwelle is a staunch supporter of the free market and has proposed reforms that would curtail the German welfare state and liberalise German labour law. He has advocated for substantial tax cuts and believes in smaller government. While this is in line with the general direction of his party, his chairmanship has seen considerable controversy. Critics inside and outside the FDP have accused him of focusing his energy on public relations, as opposed to developing and promoting sound public policy. Westerwelle himself, who was made party chairman particularly because his predecessor Wolfgang Gerhardt had been viewed by many as dull and stiff, has labeled his approach as Spaßpolitik (fun politics) in the past, a description that many now consider to be a liability. A free market is an idealized market, where all economic decisions and actions by individuals regarding transfer of money, goods, and services are voluntary, and are therefore devoid of coercion and theft (some definitions of coercion are inclusive of theft). Colloquially and loosely, a free market economy is an economy... There are three main interpretations of the idea of a welfare state: the provision of welfare services by the state. ... A tax cut is a reduction in the rate of tax charged by a government, for example on personal or corporate income. ... Public relations (PR) is the business, organizational, philanthropic, or social function of managing communication between an organization and its audiences. ... Public policy is a course of action or inaction chosen by public authorities to address a problem. ... Wolfgang Gerhard Wolfgang Gerhardt (born December 31, 1943 in Ulrichstein) is a German politician and the former leader of the FDP (1995 - 2001). ...


Furthermore, Guido Westerwelle has been strongly criticized for supporting the anti-Israeli and anti-Semitic campaigns of Jürgen Möllemann. It was only after an infamous anti-Israeli leaflet was distributed before the general election in 2002 that Westerwelle was forced to distance himself of Möllemann as he intended to become the foreign minister in a new government.


After the 2005 elections he gained reputation by not compromising the political party line in ruling out a possible participation in a coalition with the SPD and the Green party.


Personal life

On July 20, 2004, Westerwelle attended Angela Merkel's 50th birthday party accompanied by his male partner, Cologne businessman Michael Mronz and thereby officially acknowledged that he is gay. It was the first time he was at an official gathering with his partner. It made clear that he no longer expected his relationship with Mronz to be treated discreetly. This move generated little controversy in the German public.   (IPA: ) (born in Hamburg, Germany, on July 17, 1954, as Angela Dorothea Kasner), is the Chancellor of Germany. ... For other uses, see Cologne (disambiguation). ... GAY can mean: Gay, a term referring to homosexual men or women The IATA code for Gaya Airport Category: ...


External links

  • Westerwelle's personal website (in German)
  • Westerwelle's website as member of the Bundestag (in German)
  • Guido Westerwelle, the Liberals' Top Gun Profile in Deutsche Welle, 20 July 2005

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Guido Westerwelle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (522 words)
Guido Westerwelle J.D. (born December 27, 1961) is a German politician and leader of the liberal Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP).
Guido Westerwelle was born in Bad Honnef, Germany.
Westerwelle's main opponent in the FDP, the late Jürgen Möllemann, hinted that Westerwelle's then-unrevealed sexual leanings could pose a security risk and alleged that Westerwelle was "excessively pro-Israel" because the Mossad acquired compromising evidence of his private life.
Guido Westerwelle, the Liberals' Top Gun | Election 2005 | Deutsche Welle | 20.07.2005 (905 words)
Since Rhineland native Guido Westerwelle took over the reins of the Free Democrats (FDP) in 2001, the election defeats that had become distressingly common for the liberal party began to be the exception rather than the rule.
Bildunterschrift: Guido Westerwelle in 1984 at a conference of the "Young Liberals" Westerwelle, although still a youngster in the political world at 43 years of age, is considered an institution in his party.
Westerwelle's own image also suffered along with that of the party due to a scandal at the start of the election campaign, in which a high-profile state party leader, Jürgen Möllemann, was accused of making anti-Semitic comments at the beginning of the election campaign.
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