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Most Germans don't want president to resign

The Local · 26 Dec 2011, 12:26

Published: 26 Dec 2011 12:26 GMT+01:00

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While 50 percent believe that Wulff used his public position to help friends and 48 percent have little or no confidence in him, 73 percent do not think he should resign, according to the poll conducted for the Bild newspaper. A full 63 percent say they are willing to accept Wulff’s apologies for the scandal.

The president has come under fire over the last few weeks after it emerged that he did not publicly reveal a €500,000 loan he took from the wife of a prominent businessman in 2008 as Lower Saxony’s premier.

The criticism intensified last week with revelations that another businessman paid to help promote one of Wulff’s books that helped him earn re-election that same year.

Der Spiegel magazine also reported that Wulff may have helped an event planner friend secure work organising a series of government-sponsored conferences between 2007 and 2009.

But though Wulff has apologised and said he should have been more open about his business dealings, he has so far refused to resign and has received support from many political heavy hitters, including Chancellor Angela Merkel.

On Monday he received further support from Sigmar Gabriel, chair of the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).

Gabriel told the online version of Die Welt that Wulff’s resignation would be “devastating” and “close to a national crisis.”

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But, he added, Wulff now had a responsibility to be fully transparent.

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14:15 December 26, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
I predict that this is only the tip of the iceberg though. Wulff stems from the "Hannover-Klüngel", an intricately interwoven old boys' network in the Lower Saxon state capital. A system of political and business cronyism which he inherited from Gerhard Schröder, who was the grand master of nepotism and patronage.

It's no wonder that both the CDU and the SPD want this scandal over with. The CDU fears that this system of backscratching and secret shady deals will be fully exposed and Wulff will have no choice but to resign, and you have to keep in mind that Sigmar Gabriel, chairman of the SPD who just said there is no reason for Wulff to resign at present, also rose to power with close ties to the Hannover-Klüngel. He was Minister President of Lower Saxony in the early 2000s, after Schröder, his great mentor, was elected chancellor, and after Glogowski, who took over for Schröder after the general election in 1998, had to step down after just one year because it had come to light that two local breweries had co-sponsored his wedding.

In summary, therefore, we can expect much more about this old boys' network to be exposed, and at the same time we can also expect to see both big parties trying desperately to keep covering up the real nature of the Hannover-Klüngel. I say whatever has been happening behind closed doors in and around Hannover has the potential to bring down not just the President, but many other big political figures.
14:31 December 26, 2011 by lenny van
Sadly, it is not possible to survive in Germany and maintain one's integrity. Honor, honesty and forbearance are weaknesses that only invite exploitation by so many of our fellow tribesmen. "What's in it for me?" supersedes the question, "How can I help?"

It is worth comparing the behavior of the German head of state with the ideals that were fostered by the British head of state in her Christmas message yesterday. It is worth looking up and reading it.
10:12 December 27, 2011 by Sastry.M
May God help Anna Hazare get his version of "Lok Pal"bill passed through the Indian parliament and enacted in gazette for enforcement. The light visioned opacities of German Democracy can easily be melted away with proper scrutiny and adaptation in comparison with 'multi million democracy' vision blinkered with thick lead enveloped hard steel, preventing even X- and cosmic ray detection.
10:52 December 27, 2011 by raandy
I agree with some of the above post but Cronyism has always played a part in politics. Big donors and supporters are rewarded.

Unless this leads to something criminal I see this as politics by the opposition.

It would appear from the numbers that the public sees it this way too.
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