In the shadow of Berlin’s Bellevue Castle, the presidential palace, crowds gathered in the wake of the country’s second presidential resignation in two years, an event that has split opinion in the capital.
Commenting on Christian Wulff’s decision to quit, one woman told euronews: “I have to say that I appreciated him and I am surprised by everything which has come out in the news. I am a normal citizen and I do not know what was done by the media and what is true, but I think everything is OK now and he did not have a choice.”
One man countered that view with: “It was too late, three months too late, and we are glad it has happened now.”
Another woman pointed to the fact the president had been the focus of satirical programmes: “Well he answered so many questions dishonestly and you can’t have that from a German head of state and if you are making people laugh in satirical programmes, that is not a head of state.”
One member of the crowd didn’t believe it will affect Chancellor Merkel, saying: “No, I do not think so, Mrs Merkel is tough and she will sit it out, I can’t imagine that it will affect her.”