German President Quits

    Germany's president Christian Wulff gives a statement to annouce he resigns on February 17, 2012 at the Bellevue Presidential Palace in Berlin, after prosecutors demanded his immunity be lifted to investigate allegations he abused his position. Wulff  resigned today after a string of scandals, handing Chancellor Angela Merkel a political headache at home as she battles to lead Europe from its debt crisis. Late Thursday, the prosecutor in the northern city of Hanover announced an "initial suspicion" against Wulff's film producer friend David Groenewold, who reportedly picked up the bills for Wulff's hotel and an upgrade during two short breaks. 
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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.

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