On May 15, 1773, Klemens Lothar Wenzel's son was born to the Governor General of the Rhineland, Metternich. If we used today's national criteria, the future foreign minister and Austrian chancellor were German, but the Rhineland was administered by the Habsburgs, so the family belonged to high-ranking Austrian officials and young Klemens spoke better (and rather) French than German. He was one of the rationalist children of the Enlightenment, sympathetic to both Voltaire and Kant, and delighted in the moral lessons and honed epigrams with which he trampled on adversaries. In 1824 he wrote to Wellington - for a long time Europe has belonged to me, so today he would undoubtedly be one of the zealous followers of a uniting Europe.
The right diplomat must learn to pretend what he is not and disguise what he is.
A former veteran of the Italian army in the fighting with Abyssinia, he became a legend in the ranks of the SS-cavalry among the commanders of the strike forces during the fighting in besieged Budapest. At the same time, with 84 officially recognized days in close combat, it ranks first among German infantry fighters.