Golden Dawn MP Ilias Panayiotaros called German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle “Mrs.”. During a speech in the Greek Parliament, Panayiotaros referred to the visit of finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble and said he was not in charge of the German WWII reparations to Greece.
Addressing the Parliament, Panayiotaros said:
“The government uses the excuse it cannot put on the agenda with Schaeuble the issue of German reparations and occupation loan, because he is not the minister in charge. It’s the Foreign Minister of Germany. However, when Mrs. Westerwille came here [in Athens] some time ago, you did not say a word about it. Therefore you’re fooling us.”
video: Panayiotaros in Greek
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via newswebsite enikos.gr
“In July 2004, German Foreign Minister Westerwelle attended Angela Merkel’s 50th birthday party accompanied by his partner, Michael Mronz, thereby tacitly acknowledging that he is gay. It was the first time he had attended an official event with his partner. The couple registered their partnership on 17 September 2010 in a private ceremony in Bonn.” (via wikipedia)
PS style and culture in Greek Parliament….
I am not even an amateur etiquette writer but – I understand from what I read in the Internet Xerola – the default use of Mrs. is usually preferred for a married lady (with papa & koumbaro in a church), while Ms. is intended as a default form of address for women, regardless of marital status, including same-sex registered partners (for more please see pertinent German Law, recognizing – as of Aug. 1st, 2001 – the so-called “Eingetragene Lebenspartnerschaft”).
you think he knew all these details? he just said “Κυρία” which refers to a married woman.