In defense of the VhW, I'm not sure they had an option to say no this time to Foundation - regardless of who owns him now. The stallion was perfectly presented to them - he didnt put a foot wrong - and he has no glaring conformation faults. Sometimes that happens. You have to go with what's in front of you.
While I am not so naive to think that politics does not sometimes play a role (moreso in DE I think than here in the US) in this case I'm not sure it did.
He still has to achieve his full approval through testing or performance. If the tense-ness is not fully resolved - it will show up again. If it doesn't, they have a very nice Fidertanz son on the roster.
"No matter how cynical I get its just not enough to keep up." Lily Tomlin