German President Christian Wulff resigned amid the threat of a legal probe into corruption allegations, delivering a blow to Chancellor Angela Merkel that risks distracting her from the euro-region debt crisis.
A public spat broke out between German President Christian Wulff and the country’s largest newspaper, deepening the dispute a day after Wulff said his attempt to intervene over a story was a “terrible mistake.”
German President Christian Wulff said his attempt to intervene in the publication of a story about a home loan was a “terrible mistake,” though for now he spared Chancellor Angela Merkel a crisis by vowing to remain in office.
German opposition lawmakers stepped up pressure on President Christian Wulff to resign after prosecutors signaled their readiness to start a formal investigation into allegations he accepted illicit favors.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel came to the defense of President Christian Wulff for a second time as her party ally faced growing scrutiny of a private home loan and vacations at the homes of business people.
Chancellor Angela Merkel ’s candidate for the German presidency, Christian Wulff , was elected in a third round of voting, as delegates used the first two secret ballots to take a swipe at her coalition.