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Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 31/08/2011

Westerwelle's critics should calm down

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle is increasingly coming under pressure for his statements on Nato's mission in Libya. Westerwelle is definitely has the wrong job, but he is not solely responsible for Germany's position on Libya, writes the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "Westerwelle is a passionate domestic and social politician. But once more he must pay the price for having chosen an office that basically doesn't interest him and in which he is constantly measured against those more suited to the job. Westerwelle repeatedly took the wrong steps in the Libya conflict. With his decision to keep Germany on the sidelines when the decision to protect the rebels came before the UN this spring he condemned himself to irreversible isolation. ... Nevertheless critics would do well to adopt a more measured tone. ... The entire German government bears the responsibility for the decision to abstain from voting in the UN. Chancellor Merkel cannot duck her responsibility."

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | 20/09/2010

Homophobia despite gay foreign minister

German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle wedded his long-time partner Michael Mronz on Friday in a closed ceremony. Although Germany's relaxed attitude to homosexuals is well-known not everyone shares this view, writes the conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung: "Homophobia is far from extinct. While equanimity is demonstrated in public, in private hatred and violence are rife. Neo-Nazis whip up homophobia at local taverns, where their message does not fall on deaf ears. Gay couples walking hand in hand through Berlin's Kreuzberg district [with its large Turkish population] risk a severe beating - many Muslim immigrants are tolerant, but many others aren't. ... It came out this weekend that Guido Westerwelle is thinking of resigning as head of the liberal FDP party due to the party's deplorable results in polls. But he wants to stay on as foreign minister. And that's a good thing. It can only benefit the homophobic politicians the world over to be confronted with a little humane European decadence."

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