ZRE_Westerwelle.inddGuido Westerwelle, leader of Germany’s Free Democratic Party, is slated to become the country’s first openly gay Vice-Chancellor. The FDP finished second in national elections Sunday, but the party formed a coalition with the winning Christian Democratic Union. The UK Telegraph provides a profile of Westerwelle:

The 47-year old from Bonn will become Germany’s first openly homosexual vice-chancellor and could win more than the normal three cabinet positions traditionally reserved for the junior partner in a coalition government.

Mr Westerwelle had his official coming-out when he attended Angela Merkel’s 50th birthday party in 2004 with his partner, businessman Michael Mronz, and has said he would like to have a family.

Westerwelle, the first openly gay leader of a major German political party, is often credited with increasing his party’s appeal with younger voters.