Wilhelm Schonfelder is perhaps the most important German connection to Brussels. The 66-year-old is the Federal Government’s ambassador to the European Union. As the only German ambassador, he is directly involved in the legislative process.
By Peter Heilbrunnner, SWR-BR-MDR-Studio Brussels
Without the German presidency, Wilhelm Schonfelder would probably have long since retired – at 66 years of age, the German EU ambassador would have long been the appropriate age. But if the Chancellor and Foreign Minister ask, then even a Schonfelder cannot say no, because after all, firstly, it is a vote of confidence and, secondly, he simply enjoys the work.