Fri Feb 17th, 2012 at 06:20:35 AM EST
German President Resigns: Wulff Announces He Will Step Down - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Following the announcement by prosecutors that they would seek to lift his immunity, German President Christian Wulff announced Friday morning he would resign as the country's head of state. The development follows weeks of reporting on allegations the president accepted favors during his tenure as governor of the state of Lower-Saxony. Chancellor Angela Merkel has expressed her "deep regret" over the resignation.
The announcement of the prosecutors was finally a reason for the Social Democrats, too, to call for Wullf's resignation. For the first month of the scandal, see Wulff thrown to the wolves; more allegations of gifts and help for 'friends' who gave gifts followed.
So now Germany has a domestic politics issue to focus on for some time (indeed Merkel cancelled her trip to Italy to meet PM Monti). Whether the resignation of the second Federal President chosen by Merkel will hurt her, will depend on who she chooses next, I guess.