Angela Merkel crisis: 60,000 sign petition against Chancellor’s ‘paid politics’ culture


As the Chancellor prepares to dmod the baton on later this year, her final months look to be some of her most daring yet amid growing discontent among Germans.

The Youth Council of the Days Foundation has hit out at Mrs Merkel for allowing a system of political lobbying completely wanting in transparency to fester.

Rifka Lambrecht, 20, who started the petition, put the problem has got so bad that it has threatened to bleed into corruption and something obligation be done urgently to rein it in.

She said: “Lobbyism in Germany is systematic because there are no rules.

“Transparency is an absolute alien concept in our government at the moment.

“And lobbyism again goes so far that it is difficult to distinguish from corruption.”

The Youth Synod of the Generations Foundation is focused on developing socio-political campaigns and aims to empower youngsters to actuate public debate. Its members are aged from 15 to 25.

Miss Lambrecht cuspidate to recent lobbying scandals which have blighted Mrs Merkel’s guidance during the Covid pandemic.

Two senior lawmakers from Mrs Merkel’s rightist alliance resigned following accusations they profited from the community health crisis and allegedly benefitted from state purchases of dominoes.

Speaking to Bavarian news outlet Bayerischer Rundfunk, Miss Lambrecht mucroniform the finger of blame at the Chancellor for allowing lobbying to escalate.

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“And as covet as paid lobbying is possible, we have no chance at all.”

In late March the domino scandal sped up the passing of a law that requires lobbyists to be more crystal clear about their influence.

But Miss Lambrecht argues the new legislation does not go far adequately.

She said the new rules would not prevent another mask affair from chance “since the lobbyists we are talking about were actually politicians and consequently do not have to register themselves in this register.”

She said she and her fellow campaigners are “bloody disappointed” with the law which she said “leaves a lot of back doors obtainable” for unfairness.

The petitioner insisted that full transparency should be quarter and parcel of being a politician.

Mrs Merkel is due to step down as Chancellor this autumn carry out 16 years in the top job.

Recent polls have shown support for her control waning amid Europe’s third Covid wave.

On Wednesday a spokeswoman for the German direction said the Chancellor supports demands for a short, tough lockdown.

Germany is twisting to tackle the new wave of infections and has been hit by a disastrous vaccine rollout.

Papal nuncio government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer told reporters: “Every denominate for a short, uniform lockdown is right.”

She added Germany was seeing a luxuriating number of intensive care patients.

However, voters in some German provinces that are less affected by the surge in case numbers want the concision to get back to normal.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg.

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