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article imageScandal for the CDU leadership in Lower Saxony

By Riccardo Valsecchi     Jan 29, 2010 in Politics
Christian Wulf, rival of the current German Chanchellor Angela Merkel inside CDU party, has been under criticism after he flown for freeein the more expensive business class with the German company Air Berlin, violating the government law.
A flight-scandal is ruining the credibility of Christian Wulff, Minister-President of Lower Saxony.
Wulff, who is considered by many to be the rival of the current Chancellor Angela Merkel inside Christian Democratic Party (CDU), has been under criticism after he flown for free to Miami in the more expensive business class with the German company Air Berlin during Christmas holiday. He was violating the government law.
The Minister-President has declared that he had learned only shortly before the holiday that his flight had been upgraded to Business Class. He also noted that the CDU party of Lower Saxony has never received any donations from the airline Air Berlin over the past ten years. Air Berlin has just sponsored the representative of Lower Saxony during the Berlin Summer Festival from 2005 to 2009, each year with 7500 Euro.
"We are grateful for the State Chancellery's clarifications," said Wolfgang Jüttner, chair of the parliamentary group of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) in the parliament of Lower Saxony, "but we are however surprised that there is no connections between this fact and the Air Berlin's benefits during the so-called North-South dialogue."
The North-South Dialogue has been an important meeting between the economic and politic leaders of Lower Saxony and Baden-Württemberg. For the event, that took place at the Langenhagen Airport on December 11, 2009, Air Berlin had special flights for the party guests, including for the EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger (CDU), who travelled from Berlin to Hannover.
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