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16.01.2012 Feature Article

Politicians Are Everywhere The Same, From East To West!

The German President Wulff & Wife Bettina
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The German President Wulff & Wife Bettina

German President Wulff And Wife Bettina At October Festival In Munich! The German president received Hotel bill help. Bettina and Christian Wulff during their private visit to the German No.1 biggest attended tradition “October festival” in Munich, were said to have received a common Hotel bill help. More damaging details have emerged in the personal finance scandal surrounding German President Wulff. Chancellor Merkel says she remains supportive, but would like to see him address unanswered questions.

The scandal news making around German President Christian Wulff is several weeks old by now. But it still shows no signs of abating. Indeed, this weekend yet more details emerged pointing to Wulff's less-than-impeccable personal finances. According to a document seen by some German news Agencies, Berlin film financier David Groenewold paid the cost of an upgrade for a Sept. 2008 luxury hotel stay for Wulff and his wife Bettina during their visit to October festival in Munich. At the time, Wulff was still governor of Lower Saxony.

Groenewold also took on the costs of child care for the couple's infant son during the trip to the annual beer festival, but according to Wulff he repaid him later in cash. Wulff's lawyer responded to the allegations, saying merely that his client had received a bill for his hotel stay. Because Wulff had also been in Munich on official business, he submitted the bill to the Lower Saxony state chancellery and the state Christian Democrats (CDU).

The German newspaper “Spiegel” report is the latest to emerge in the ongoing debate over the propriety of Wulff's past business dealings, including the acceptance of a €500,000 personal loan from a friend, numerous vacation stays in the luxury homes of friends, and the refinancing of the first loan with a bank for rates much more favourable than those given to the general public.

President Wulff's biggest problem has become his failure to adequately clarify these questions as promised, along with news that he angrily threatened both the editor and publisher of tabloid (News Paper) “Bild” to prevent or delay by one day, as Wulff has claimed, the publication of the initial story about the personal loan which set the scandal in motion.

The latest details have fuelled increasingly pointed criticism from members of the governing coalition. Chancellor Angela Merkel re-emphasized her support for Wulff at a party event over the weekend. But she also took a commanding tone, outlining her expectation that Wulff clearly address questions over his conduct. Both go together the esteem for his work and answering the questions, chancellor Angela Merkel said during the meeting of senior CDU-Party officials on Saturday. Again, “If new questions emerge, the president will answer them,” she said. “Where there is still a need for clarification, it must now follow.”

For the question of whether President Wulff could continue performing his largely ceremonial duties after more than a month of heated debate over his suitability, Merkel seemed cautiously optimistic. “I think he can do it, and now we'll see how the year progresses. Despite the Chancellor's support, prominent members of her CDU have continued their attacks on the president. Saarland governor Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer told radio broadcaster SWR 2 on Monday that the loan affair had damaged the country's highest public office, saying that “things must be clearly and really transparently laid out on the table.”

Members of both the CDU and FDP also expressed fears that the scandal could damage their chances in upcoming state elections in Schleswig-Holstein and Lower Saxony, where Wulff formerly served as governor. If it keeps up like this, then it will cost the CDU and FDP a victory in the state parliamentary election,” state parliamentary leader for the FDP in Schleswig-Holstein, Wolfgang Kubicki, told daily Rheinische Post. “Regardless of where we talk to citizens, it's about decency, propriety and morality.” Kubicki also called on Wulff to provide thorough answers to questions remaining over his conduct. “My patience is wearing thin,” he said.

In 2010, Wulff claimed in a state parliamentary testimony that he had no business relations with his friend Egon Geerkens, who through his wife funded a €500,000 home loan to the Wulff. This week the Lower Saxony state parliament opposition is set to review whether Wulff's decision not to mention the loan violated conduct laws for state officials.

In Germany is the president with his bribery and corruption affairs and in Ghana is the Woyome and his 419 deal with the leading NDC Party. It is a sorry that it remains always the same with politicians everywhere, they wouldn't only like to “blow big” at the expense of the Tax Payer but at the same time try to lie to blindfold the hard working Tax Payer.

FRANCIS TAWIAH (Duisburg – Germany)

Francis Tawiah
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