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Westerwelle's ministry colleague also under fire over foreign trips

The Local · 13 Mar 2010, 12:28

Published: 13 Mar 2010 12:28 GMT+01:00

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A report in news magazine Der Spiegel on Saturday said that Jörg Arntz, head of the 06 Coordination working group at the top level of the Foreign Ministry, was until recently part of the Swiss group Mountain Partners.

The founder of the business group, Cornelius Boersch, has been on several trips with Westerwelle, to China and the Middle East this year – also accompanied by Arntz.

Boersch has donated more than €160,000 to the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP), which is led by Westerwelle.

Arntz’ work with the 06 working group includes coordination of foreign business promotion, the magazine said, although it could not gain a statement from the ministry on whether he had been involved in deciding who should go on the trips.

The Swiss business register shows that until last year, Arntz had a seat on the administrative board of a Swiss company founded by Boersch, Mountain Super Angel AG.

Before that he was personal assistant to Westerwelle, and also at times managed the business of the ‘Bürgerfonds’ – the association which collects funds for the FDP.

After the election last September, which catapulted the Free Democrats into government as junior partner to the Christian Democratic Union and its sister party the Christian Social Union, Arntz left the company and took up what Der Spiegel described as an influential position in the foreign ministry.

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When asked what qualified the 34-year-old businessman to take on such a job, the ministry released a statement which said, “Mr. Arntz was previously a colleague of Dr. Guido Westerwelle. With reference to the work undertaken by the working group he heads, his appointment was made solely on the basis of the expert qualifications he earned then.”

Westerwelle is coming under sustained attack for the people he has taken with him on foreign trips, including his partner, events promoter Michael Mronz, and the head of a firm part-owned by his brother.

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

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Your comments about this article

13:02 March 13, 2010 by whatzup
Not only the Local lol.
13:41 March 13, 2010 by lordkorner
The Local is only re -reporting,or do you not read other Newspapers or watch TV
15:20 March 13, 2010 by freechoice
well if you want to be controversial, you'll probably ended up in the spotlight!!

it is so natural!!! LOL!
03:44 March 14, 2010 by Talonx
Wow, I wonder what the FDP will do for damage control?
10:08 March 15, 2010 by pam06
This has surely nothing to do with the Local as Mr. Westerwelle is filling all german satire shows since weeks now. At least he's made a crash course in English as seen yesterday "the published opinion isn't the public opinion - that's english" What a great thing that he mentioned to us dummies that this sentence was in english.
19:29 March 15, 2010 by schnauzer
What a shame to be represented in the whole world by such a ridiculuos person. The whole nation is laughing at his obvious inferiority compexes which lead the character to drop one brick after the other, starting from his notorious "english" press conference and ending - at least for the time being - with even more embarassing effort to show his english skills yesterday. If it were not for his disgusting double standard (blasting social welfare recipients for exploiting the state and at the same time abetting his party guys and familly to do just that - exploiting his foreign trips for their personal business interests) I would really feel sorry for such a poor guy...
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