• Germany's news in English

President 'feels sorry' for ousted predecessor

The Local · 18 Mar 2013, 12:19

Published: 18 Mar 2013 12:19 GMT+01:00

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

"Very close inspection and scrutiny of politicians of course is part of our political culture," President Gauck told Bild newspaper on Monday. "Still, I was moved by the fate of Christian Wulff and his wife."

Gauck said he had witnessed the young couple move into the Bellevue presidential palace in Berlin, "with all their hopes of what they may be able to achieve politically. When I see today what became of these hopes, I feel sorry for them."

Gauck, an activist pastor who hails from the former communist East Germany, was appointed as President exactly a year ago on March 18th, 2012 in the wake of a corruption scandal which forced predecessor Wulff out of office.

Failing to shake off a string of corruption-related allegations, including that he failed to declare loans while he was state premier of Lower Saxony, Wulff lasted less than two years in office before stepping down in February 2012.

In a final blow, in January this year the Wulffs officially announced they were divorcing, leaving the ex-president without a job or a wife.

The now year-old investigations against Wulff are expected to culminate in prosecutors demanding a fine from the ex-President, according to several media reports over the weekend citing information from judicial circles in Lower Saxony.

Story continues below…

DPA/The Local/jlb

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Facebook Twitter Google+ reddit

Your comments about this article

14:23 March 18, 2013 by lucksi
Yes, I too would feel sorry for anyone who did a job (badly or even criminally) for two years and then get a HUGE pension and other benefits for life for it
18:29 March 18, 2013 by Englishted
The final blow would be for a "normal" person a spell in prison ,and I'm sorry that it didn't happen in this case.
19:35 March 18, 2013 by gorongoza
When it comes to Christian Wuff and the German Law it looks like the crime he has committed is more than what we are told - what we can see. I am not part of it; I am only a ringside observer.
06:35 March 19, 2013 by beatriceco
All I can say is restore the monarchy. The president is nothing but a figurehead anyways, and the current head of the House of Hohenzollern, Prinz Georg Friedrich is a down to earth person. He and his lovely wife would make a lovely royal couple as head of the German state. A constitutional monarch that is bound by the constitution and the real power would still be in the hands of the Chancellor and parliament, as it still is today.

Die Homepage des DMG wird gegenwärtig überarbeitet und steht den Lesern und Interessenten bald wieder zur Verfügung.

Today's headlines
Munich taxi driver in hospital after attack by British tourists
Photo: DPA

A taxi driver had to be hospitalized in Munich on Monday evening after three British tourists refused to pay their fare and then attacked him.

German police carry out nationwide anti-terror raids
Police outside a building in Jena during raids on Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Police forces in five German states carried out raids on Tuesday morning with the aim of tackling the financing of terror groups, police in Thuringia have reported.

The Local List
10 ways German completely messes up your English
Photo: DPA

So you've mastered German, but now it's time to learn English all over again.

Iconic German church being eroded away by human urine
Ulm Minster towering over the rest Ulm surrounding the Danube. Photo: Pixabay

It will now cost you €100 to spend a penny. That’s if you get caught choosing to pee against the world-famous Ulm Minster.

German small arms ammo exports grow ten-fold
Photo: DPA

The government has come in for criticism after new figures revealed that Germany exported ten times the quantity of small arms ammunition in the first half of 2016 as in the same period last year.

14-year-old stabs 'creepy clown' in prank gone wrong
File photo: DPA.

A 16-year-old in Berlin decided he wanted to scare some friends, but his plot backfired in a violent way.

Four Ku Klux Klan groups active in Germany, says govt
An American member of the KKK at a gathering in Georgia. Photo: EPA.

The German government estimates that there are four Ku Klux Klan (KKK) groups currently active in the country, according to a report by the Süddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) on Tuesday.

Ex-chancellor Schröder to mediate in supermarket row
Gerhard Schröder. Photo: DPA

Can Gerhard Schröder bring an end to the Kaiser's Tengelmann saga?

Outrage over ruling on 'brutal' gang rape of teen girl
The now convicted suspects, sitting in court in Hamburg. Photo: DPA.

A 14-year-old girl was gang-raped and left partially clothed and unconscious in freezing temperatures. Now prosecutors are appealing the sentences for the young men found guilty, most of whom will not set foot in jail.

Dozens of Turkish diplomats apply for asylum in Germany
Demonstrators holding a giant Turkish flag protest against the attempted coup in Istanbul in July. Photo: DPA.

Since the failed putsch attempt in Turkey in July, Germany has received 35 asylum applications from people with Turkish diplomatic passports, the Interior Ministry confirmed on Wednesday.

Germany's 10 most weird and wonderful landmarks
Sponsored Article
Last chance to vote absentee in the US elections
10 things you never knew about socialist East Germany
How Germans fell in love with America's favourite squash
How I ditched London for Berlin and became a published author
12 clever German idioms that'll make you sound like a pro
23 fascinating facts you never knew about Berlin
9 unmissable events to check out in Germany this October
10 things you never knew about German reunification
10 things you're sure to notice after an Oktoberfest visit
Germany's 10 most Instagram-able places
15 pics that prove Germany is absolutely enchanting in autumn
10 German films you have to watch before you die
6 things about Munich that’ll stay with you forever
10 pieces of German slang you'll never learn in class
Ouch! Naked swimmer hospitalized after angler hooks his penis
Six reasons why Berlin is now known as 'the failed city'
15 tell-tale signs you’ll never quite master German
7 American habits that make Germans very, very uncomfortable
Story of a fugitive cow who outwitted police for weeks before capture
Eleven famous Germans with surnames that'll make your sides split
The best ways to get a visa as an American in Germany
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd