Just a few months after the previous president of Germany was sacked because of his linking of the Afghan war to economic interests was too close to the truth for comfort … it seems that maybe German politicians will start looking for another new president.
Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:
Investigation against President Wulff of Germany
Thursday, September 16, 2010 | 20:30
BERLIN – The public prosecutor and the office of the president of the Bundestag [Parliament] have launched an investigation against President Christian Wulff. The head of state is suspected of involvement in embezzlement and violations of the law on the financing of political parties.
The 51-year-old Wulff, who in June was elected federal president, had been prime minister of Lower Saxony for seven years before that. He is said to have won his first election in 2003 partly due to he fact that the CDU election campaign was partly illegally funded with public money. A person who worked as spokesman for Wulff is said to have been employed and to have been on the payroll of the city of Wolfsburg.
The German press has published about the affair. The Bundespräsidialamt, Wulff’s office, refused any comment on this.
See also here.
Lone Wulff: New German President Fails to Hit His Stride: here.
Wulff update January 2012: here.
Tiny benefit boost ‘a slap in the face’
Germany: The government has agreed to a measly €5 (£4.25) increase in monthly benefits for the 6.7 million German citizens who are classified as long-term unemployed.
Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced on Sunday that members of Angela Merkel’s right-wing coalition had approved raising their benefits to €364 (£309) from January 2011 after calculating the “basic needs” based on government statistics.
The opposition Social Democrats criticised the minimal increase as a slap in the face to recipients.
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