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Wulff under fire over car lease deal

The Local · 5 Feb 2012, 11:48

Published: 05 Feb 2012 11:48 GMT+01:00

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Weekly magazine Der Spiegel said Wulff rented the car during his time as state premier of Lower Saxony, which could violate the terms of his post.

According to state law, ministers and the state premier are prohibited from accepting "rewards and gifts relating to their office."

The car, a Skoda Yeti SUV made by the Volkswagen Group, was reportedly leased in 2010 for the same rate given to company board members.

The German president served as a supervisory board member of VW during his time as state premier of Lower Saxony. The state has a 20 percent-stake in Volkswagen.

Wulff would have only paid 1 percent of the new car price as a monthly leasing fee, instead of the regular 1.5-percent rate given to other customers.

Spiegel estimated the annual discount would amount to €1,200 for a €20,000 car.

Gernot Lehr, a lawyer for the German president, told the magazine that Wulff "paid the normal fees within the VW Group."

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The president has been under pressure to explain himself since last December, when it emerged that as Lower Saxony premier he had failed to reveal a soft loan of €500,000 from prominent regional businessman Ergon Geerkens.

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Your comments about this article

12:51 February 5, 2012 by McM
Come on Local editors,give us poor readers a break with the laying of Wulff bates!

You will suck all your bargain hunter envy posters into another round of witch hunting.

Even the 64 year old tub of lard seems more news worthy now. Introspection is fine but scorning consequence in pursuit of righteous beliefs as Tennyson said is mere imbecility .

I know the German people have a few issues with their president but how newsworthy is it to always envy others good luck for attracting perks. Oops I am being provocative , sorry. The diignity of office, the public image, ah yes I could go on but I have to go and walk the dog.
15:04 February 5, 2012 by Englishted
stop crying wulff, and go.
15:15 February 5, 2012 by romber58

I agree.

It seems like some reporters are desperatly trying to fing a "smoking gun" to hurt this guy.

All they come up with is little bits of crap that they could easily be accused of themselves-

Wulff is just a boring anodine party apparatchnik who got the top job through backroom deals.

A perfect description of what a German President is.

I am sure that the journalists who keep this dragging on are just jealous of the kind of"Scandals" that hit the British or American headlines and would love something as juicy...

The "Bild" zeitung is keeping quiet nowadays,did you notice?

Boring,boring boring
15:28 February 5, 2012 by storymann
I agree that this has become a witch hunt by opponents of Mr. Wulff.

Sadly they are unlikely to stop, better to throw in the towel for the benefit of the office so we can move on.

Renting a car at a discount from VW, merely a perk of the office.
17:14 February 5, 2012 by derExDeutsche
I would never imply that there is any bias in the venerate German media . But if supporters of Herr Wulffs perceive there to be a bias against him, they may decide to return the favor. And what a shame that would be for a future President with local approval. seems, some just enjoy spitting into the wind, with no concern for the phlegm reaching its apex and redirecting back.
18:55 February 5, 2012 by joysonabraham
He seems disconnected from the general public. May be this is what is expected from the German President since everyone else do the business(talks) with the people.

If he was moving around saying hi-bye to every one he sees on his way

he may not have got this much lonely in public, at least. Because even the news papers love to publish all that glitters in public, be it a kid rocker or president for them all are just items that glitters or not one way or another.
12:35 February 6, 2012 by bobmarchiano
WOW big news and so what, did it cost the tax payers any money

Is there a law against getting a discount from a company

He is President he should have some perks
15:16 February 6, 2012 by mos101392
Oh here we go again..Man, someone sure has an erection for this guy! :O)
18:55 February 6, 2012 by romber58

Reading through all the comments on this thread ,including my own,i didnt get a sexual aspect to this at all until you mentioned erections.

Were you talking to yourself and does that capital O at the end of your comment signify your open acceptance of this erection ?....you little rascal you...kissesxxx
22:28 February 6, 2012 by mos101392
@ romber58

I wasn't sure if my comment was offensive to any Wulff lovers out there But it seems it didn't take long for one to bite!

"you little rascal you...kissesxxx"
20:49 February 7, 2012 by romber58
Lololol,nice one mos101392
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