Germany’s President Christian Wulff is facing growing calls to step down amid claims he tried to block newspaper reports about a home loan scandal.
More papers have alleged he made threats and bullied them over another story.
Several of his conservative colleagues say it is now time for him to go. Since the revelations emerged, Wulff has remained silent. For his critics, it is another sign that support from his own party is not forthcoming.
Heribert Prantl of the Suddeutsche Zeitung said: “This is another step in the already galloping erosion of this position.”
It is also an embarrassing affair for Chancellor Angela Merkel who pushed hard for Wulff’s election 18 months ago in the face of a popular opposition candidate.