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German opposition keeps up pressure on president

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German opposition keeps up pressure on president


German opposition parties say they are not satisfied with attempts by the country’s president to answer questions in a media scandal.

In a TV interview, Christian Wulff admitted what he calls a grave mistake in attempting to get a newspaper not to publish an embarrassing story about his financial affairs.

But rejecting calls for his resignation in the row – over controversial details of a cheap home loan he received – he maintains he has done nothing illegal.

This after revelations that Wulff put pressure on the editor and publisher of the Bild newspaper with angry phone calls.

Green Party official Steffi Lemke said: “I expected a clearer argument and a stronger apology. The allegations over the loan were not cleared up. He said nothing new.”

Wulff says he apologised for his behaviour, saying it was not in accordance with his role and he does want to be what he calls level-headed and neutral.

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