An apparent misuse of public funds scandal is rocking Germany after it was revealed a minister sent her official limousine all the way to southern Spain at the taxpayers expense.
Health minister, Ulla Schmidt is facing severe criticism after the vehicle plus driver ended up in Alicante where she was vacationing. To make matters worse, the car was eventually stolen after thieves broke into the driver’s accommodation and took the keys. Although Schmidt paid for her own flight, her chauffeur had to drive 2,400 kilometres from Berlin to the popular holiday city. The head of the “Taxpayer’s Association”,Reiner Holznagel said: “Mrs Schmidt should have found out if the embassy could have provided her with a car or she could have simply rented one with a driver. It would have been far cheaper for the taxpayer.” Schmidt said she used the government car for official meetings to discuss healthcare and pensions with German citizens who had retired in Spain. The affairs comes at a sensitive time in the run up to Germany’s federal elections in September.