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Wulff silent as calls to resign multiply

The Local · 12 Jan 2012, 17:03

Published: 12 Jan 2012 17:03 GMT+01:00

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The reception at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin was attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel and a row of other politicians, but was overshadowed by the deliberate absence of an anti-corruption campaign group and the German journalists’ union.

As Wulff greeted members of the public invited because of the good works they had undertaken during last year, the morning’s media were dominated by calls he resign, from two MPs of his and Merkel’s centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU).

Karl-Georg Wellmann, a CDU member of parliament from Berlin told the ZDF television station, “My personal advice to him would be that he no longer do this to himself and his family.” The office of the president had already been damaged, he said, suggesting Wulff resign quickly rather than making this a long, drawn out affair.

And the Tagesspiegel newspaper reported that another CDU MP Hans-Georg von der Marwitz, from Brandenburg, also indirectly called for Wulff to step down. “Based on the ignoble debates of the past weeks, I suggest the president take responsibility and bear the consequences,” he said.

Further criticism came from another CDU MP Heinz Riesenhuber, who as the eldest member of parliament carries great moral weight as well as a number of ceremonial duties.

“I had expected much from Christian Wulff as president,” Riesenhuber told Die Welt daily. “But he has got himself tangled up in things which are most unpleasant and seem marginal.

“His dealings with it in public so far are not good. It is very difficult now to imagine how Wulff can spread the lustre that I would have hoped for from him. The recommendations that many expect from him have become very difficult.”

Arguments also continued about whether, and how, Wulff could publish answers to hundreds of journalists’ questions about the €500,000 loan from the wife of a businessman friend that he failed to declare, and the angry calls he made to Bild newspaper when he heard it was going to publish the details.

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Wulff promised during a television interview he would release all the questions and answers, but his lawyer then said he could not do so, saying only journalists can decide whether to release the questions and answers.

A number of newspapers announced on Thursday they would waive those rights in order to see the list published.

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21:08 January 12, 2012 by ovalle3.14
In many other countries (Italy, anyone?), the President himself would laugh this off and everybody would pretend nothing happen. The fact that Wulff is getting such a strong reaction for his actions says a great deal about Germany!
22:54 January 12, 2012 by mos101392
I agree that as an elected official, you must assume you are held at a higher standard. However, can it be possible that he has friends too? Are only the banks allowed to give loans? I have given friends loans that had financial difficulties and the banks would not help. The banks are more willing to bury an individual but have no problem bailing out 100 billion euro loans to countries.

This sounds to me to be more of a political killing than anything else.If I were an investigator, I would look at who has most to gain from his departure.

Hold up your shoe if you receive German welfare! lol You see, they have nothing better to do with their time.

I would really like to know the ratio of those demonstrating that are receiving welfare.

BTY- I am only an American observing the German news, I do not profit from either side and only providing alternative views. I can say I would insure I am squeaky clean before I enter German politics and would not fart against the wind! :O)
11:54 January 13, 2012 by lucksi
Instead of letting him resign -which is the best thing that could happen to him financially- let him serve as president until he dies.
15:22 January 13, 2012 by William Thirteen
the issue is not just the loan, but his failure to disclose it and his threats to the press when they decided to publish. i suppose here in Germany, unlike the US, they aren't as used to the fact that elected officials are bought and paid for by business interests...
15:41 January 13, 2012 by Kennneth Ingle
German members of parliament may not be so violent as those of many other countries, but dishonesty and the self-service mentality is extremely high amongst those claiming to represent the electorate.

It cannot therefore be expected that a president, who has been raised out of this political sludge, should have a whiter vest than others of his kind.
16:35 January 13, 2012 by raandy
He was ok in most peoples minds ,concerning the loan. The threats made to squash the publication is a different matter, abuse of power is less acceptable.
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