New American ambassador to Berlin named

9th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

9 May 2005, BERLIN - Entrepreneur and prominent Bush donor William R. Timken has been nominated as the new American ambassador to Germany, according to a report in the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel. He will replace the previous ambassador, Daniel Coats, who left in February.

9 May 2005

BERLIN - Entrepreneur and prominent Bush donor William R. Timken has been nominated as the new American ambassador to Germany, according to a report in the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel. He will replace the previous ambassador, Daniel Coats, who left in February.

Ohio businessman Timken, whose ball-bearing and vehicle component company employs 26,000 people worldwide, was one of the largest donors during US President George W. Bush's re-election campaign. On the Republican donor list he is ranked as a 'Super Ranger', a title given to those who contributed more than USD 200,000 (EUR 156,000).

Bush calls Timken by his nickname 'Tim' and has visited him in his hometown of Canton in Ohio, according to the Tagesspiegel.

It is not clear when Timken, whose nomination has not yet been confirmed by the US embassy in Berlin, will come to Berlin. After being nominated by Bush, he still needs to be approved by the US senate, which could take four to six months.

Timken will be completing a family circle in coming to Germany. His great-grandfather Henry came from Bremen and emigrated to the US in 1838 with his family. Timken is reported to speak no German, however.

[Copyright Expatica News 2005]

Subject: German news

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