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article imageWesterwelle, politician or pop singer?

By Riccardo Valsecchi     Feb 6, 2010 in Politics
Berlin - After only three months since the Second Cabinet of Chancellor Angela Merkel has been appointed, the first conflicts are rising between the political partners.
The Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor of Germany Guido Westerwelle has admonished the political partners of the CSU - Christian Social Union in Bavaria - in an interview with the German magazine Der Spiegel, in order to stop the continuous critics to his liberal policy. "I have the patience of a saint, but I can change," said Westervelle.
The CSU is a Christian democratic and conservative political party, which operates exclusively in the state of Bavaria. It is associated with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the other 15 states of Germany. Even if it is generally considered more conservative in the domestic issues than its partner, the CSU is more progressive in social issues than the CDU.
Except for a short period between 1950 and 1953, the CSU has always led the federal state government since 1946. However, after the 2008 elections in Bavaria, it must share the state government with the Free Democratic Party (FDP) of Guido Westerwelle.
"They should learn some politeness by their twin, the CDU," said Westerwelle.
Pressed by the journalist about the fall of consensus of the government under his policy, the leader of the FDP replied: "I want to begin a new political and intellectual behavior in the German policy. If I had wanted to be only popular, I would have been a pop singer."
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