Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle has warmly congratulated former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher on his 85th birthday. The congratulatory letter reads as follows:
“You can look back on an eventful time in which you played a major role in shaping Germany and Europe. You mapped out the course for a united Germany in a free Europe. You are thus one of the few people of our time about whom we can already say today that you wrote history.
There is no future for our country without European integration. That is what you believe and what you advocate even today in numerous appearances, articles and commentaries.”