Spotlight on Schulz Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

European Parliament officials in Brussels are criticizing Angela Merkel's only real rival in upcoming German elections. Martin Schulz stands accused of circumventing standard channels to grant lucrative perks to his staff -- at the expense of taxpayers.
Martin Schulz (left) and Markus Engels during a flight in 2014

Martin Schulz (left) and Markus Engels during a flight in 2014

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With this letter, Schulz requested a "long-term mission" for his staffer Engels at the European Parliament's public information office in Berlin. It also states that the post should continue until the expiration of his contract on Dec. 31, 2012.

With this letter, Schulz requested a "long-term mission" for his staffer Engels at the European Parliament's public information office in Berlin. It also states that the post should continue until the expiration of his contract on Dec. 31, 2012.