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25.09.2013, 09:38 Uhr | Berlin
 
The Telegraph: Interview: Germany's first black MP heralds his election as a landmark for the country
Germany's first black MP has said his landmark election has confirmed its transformation into a tolerant and open democracy but warned the country desperately needs to establish a new global identity.

Germany's first black MP has said his landmark election has confirmed its transformation into a tolerant and open democracy but warned the country desperately needs to establish a new global identity.
Christian Democrat and former TV detective Charles Huber is one of two black MP's elected in Germany's general election Photo: RALPH ORLOWSKI/REUTERS
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Charles Huber, a former television detective, told The Daily Telegraph that Germany had reached a historic milestone by returning two black MPs in Sunday's general election. Mr Huber, a Christian Democrat, is entering parliament alongside Karambla Diably from the Social Democrats.

"If we talk about 20 years ago Germany has changed a lot for the positive and I think we are a very tolerant society," he said. "I feel very much integrated. People have come up and said you have different ideas, you see things from a different perspective." The 57-year old has been a trailblazer for German diversity since he first hit TV screens in 1986 as detective Henry Johnston in the hit TV series The Old Fox.

"I was the first person of dark skin to be cast on prime time television outside the US that wasn't a drug dealer or a pimp. I was a regular character," he said. "If this is an issue now, it is just that someone who looks like I do is in parliament."

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