Restoring lost trust may take many years: Germany

BERLIN, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Restoring trans-Atlantic trust lost over spying controversies may take some time to repair, new German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said as he took over from Guido Westerwelle.
Israel ends boycott and will attend U.N. Human Rights Council meeting

Israel ends boycott and will attend U.N. Human Rights Council meeting

TEL AVIV, Israel, Oct. 28 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel would renew its ties with the U.N. Human Rights Council after 1 1/2-year boycott by attending this year's meeting.
Merkel: 'Trust needs to be restored'

Merkel: 'Trust needs to be restored'

BERLIN, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday "trust needs to be restored" after allegations the United States monitored her phone conversations.

Serbia move to cancel gay pride parade draws European condemnation

BELGRADE, Serbia, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- A decision to ban a gay pride parade in Belgrade over the weekend brought condemnation from European leaders even as Serbia begins its EU accession process.

France, Germany call for immediate end to Egyptian clashes

BRUSSELS, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- The leaders of France and Germany on Friday called for an immediate end to the violence in Egypt and a return to dialogue between the opposing sides.
U.K. calls on Egypt to release Morsi

U.K. calls on Egypt to release Morsi

CAIRO, Aug. 1 (UPI) -- The United Kingdom called on Egypt to release ousted President Mohamed Morsi and other "political detainees" from custody.

EU still frustrated with Ukraine

LUXEMBOURG, June 25 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian government has made progress in opening political doors but has more work to do in terms of selective justice, an EU leader said.

Germany seeks to delay Turkey's EU bid

BRUSSELS, June 24 (UPI) -- Germany has proposed putting off stalled talks on Turkey's bid to enter the European Union until after German elections are held in September.
Germany wags finger at Kiev over Tymoshenko

Germany wags finger at Kiev over Tymoshenko

KIEV, Ukraine, June 21 (UPI) -- The Ukrainian government needs to ensure it is not prosecuting opposition leaders in a way that is politically motivated, the German foreign minister said.

German foreign ministry opens new consulate, airport in Mazar-i-Sharif

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan, June 9 (UPI) -- The German foreign minister Sunday opened a new consulate in Afghanistan, saying Germany will support Afghanistan after NATO combat troops leave.

German-Iranian connection solid as ever

BRUSSELS, June 6 (UPI) -- A curious spectacle unfolded May 29 in the European Parliament, as the U.N. Envoy in Iraq Ambassador Martin Kobler testified before the Foreign Affairs Committee.
DAVID NEUMANN, UPI Outside View Commentator

Row over arms for Syrian opposition splits EU

BRUSSELS, May 31 (UPI) -- EU governments are increasingly split as British-French pressure grows for a stepped up supply of weapons to the Syrian opposition to help it topple President Bashar Assad.

German anti-racism rally staged ahead of right-wing terror trial

MUNICH, Germany, April 15 (UPI) -- Thousands of anti-racism demonstrators marched in Munich, Germany, over the weekend ahead of a murder trial for five suspected neo-Nazi group members.

Journalist flees from Syrian captors

DAMASCUS, Syria, March 12 (UPI) -- Ukrainian journalist Anhar Kochneva is free after spending more than 150 days in captivity in Syria, Ukraine's Foreign Ministry confirmed.

Germany backs Albania's EU admission

TIRANA, Albania, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Germany's foreign minister said he supports Albania's bid for European Union membership but cautioned against nationalist rhetoric that could hurt the process.
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Guido Westerwelle
German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle delivers a speech during a visit to a UN school in the al-Shati refugee camp in Gaza City on November 08, 2010. Westerwelle is in the coastal Palestinian territory to formally launch a German-funded sewage project and to meet with local business leaders before heading home. UPI/Ismael Mohamad

Guido Westerwelle ] (born December 27, 1961) is a German liberal politician, who, since 28 October 2009, has been serving as the Foreign Minister in the second cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel, and who was Vice Chancellor of Germany from 2009 to 2011. He is the first openly gay person to hold either of those positions. He has been the chairman of the Free Democratic Party of Germany (FDP) since May 2001, but stepped down in 2011. A lawyer by profession, he has been a member of the Bundestag since 1996.

Guido Westerwelle was born in Bad Honnef in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. He graduated from Ernst Moritz Arndt Gymnasium in 1980 after academic struggles resulted in his departure from previous institutions where he was considered an average student at best, but substandard otherwise. 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 FernUniversität Hagen. Today, he is frank about his homosexuality and lives with his partner, Michael Mronz. Until 2004 he was not openly gay, although it was fairly common knowledge in the general public.

Westerwelle joined the FDP in 1980. He was a founding member of the Junge Liberale, the youth organization of that party, and was its chairman from 1983 to 1988.

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