German President Quits

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German President Christian Wulff announced Friday that he was quitting over a scandal that he allegedly received favors before taking up his post in 2010, when Chancellor Angela Merkel nominated him for the job. The scandal began in December, when it was revealed that when Wulff was the governor of Lower Saxony, he had received a large loan from a wealthy businessman friend's wife. On Thursday, prosecutors took the unprecedented step of asking Parliament to lift Wulff's immunity, as they allege that he might have accepted benefits from David Groenwold, a German film producer. German presidents primarily function as a moral authority, and this latest affair doesn't help.