Westerwelle was a German politician who was born on December 27, 1961, in Bad Honnef. Westerwelle was one of the founding members and Chairman of the Young Liberals between 1983 and 1988. He was also the General Secretary between 1994 and 2001.
Westerwelle also served as the Federal Chairman of the Free Democratic Party from 2001 to 2011. Apart from the mentioned positions, it is important to note that Westerwelle also served as the Chairman of the FDP parliamentary group as well as the opposition leader between 2006 and 2009.
He also served as the Federal Foreign Minister in the Merkel II cabinet from 2009 to 2013 and he was also the Vice Chancellor until May 2011.
The parents of Westerwelle were Heinz Westerwelle and Erika Westerwelle. Heinz Westewelle was a lawyer and economist whereas Erika was a lawyer. However, when Westerwelle was just 8 years old, his parents divorced. He started attending a high school but left for a secondary school in Konigswinter.
He passed his secondary school leaving certificate. Westerwelle also attended the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt-Gymnasium in Bonn where he graduated from high school. This was 1980. Even though he had wanted to join the Military, his same-sex orientation made it difficult for him.
Westerwelle studied Law at the University of Bonn and completed it in 1987. He passed his second state examination after completing his legal clerkship at the Bonn District and Regional Court. Westerwelle received his doctorate in Law in 1994 after completing Open University in Hagen. He was admitted to the bar in 1991.
Westerwelle Cause of Death
Westerwelle suffered an acute leukemia on June 20, 2014. He underwent chemotherapy at the Cologne University Hospital.
He was discharged from the hospital in November 2014 after he had undergone over 4 months of inpatient treatment. Later at the end of November 2015, Westerwelle was again treated at the Cologne University Hospital in Lindenthal.
He however died on March 18, 2016. He was 54 years old at the time of his death. The cause of his death can be attributed to his sickness.
Awards and Publications
Westerwelle has a lot of awards and also has some publications to his credit. Some of the awards are1998 – Laughing red tape, 1999 – Politician of the Year as part of the Oskar Patzelt Foundation’s Grand Prize for Medium-Sized Businesses, 2001 – Order against the animal seriousness of the Aachen carnival club, 2001 – Tie Man of the Year, 2002 – Order of the Kitzinger Carnival Society, 2006 – European Craft Prize ,2006 – Honorary Doctorate from Hanyang University, Seoul, South Korea,2013 – Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (Commander with Star), 2013 – Grand Cross of the Civil Order of Merit of Spain , 2015 – Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and 2018 – Walther Rathenau Prize (posthumous).
His publications are Party law and political youth organizations. Nomos, Baden-Baden 1994, dissertation, From the policy of favors to a responsible society. Econ, Düsseldorf 1997, New territory. Entry into a policy change. Econ, Düsseldorf 1998, New territory. The future of German liberalism. Econ, Düsseldorf 1999, My book of choice. Econ, Düsseldorf 2002, as publisher, (Ed. with Cornelius Boersch ) The summa summarum of politics and economics. Gabler, Wiesbaden 2009, and with Dominik Wichmann: Between two lives. Of love, death and confidence. Hoffmann and Campe, Hamburg 2015.