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Fall from Grace Merkel's Conservatives Mired in Scandal and Incompetence

Shameless deals for medical equipment, dubious foreign contacts and corona crisis mismanagement: Angela Merkel's conservatives are in bad shape as the election campaign looms. How did they lose their way?
DER SPIEGEL 10/2021
SPIEGEL International
While in office, Mark Hauptmann enjoyed excellent contacts with Azerbaijan.

While in office, Mark Hauptmann enjoyed excellent contacts with Azerbaijan.

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Georg Nüsslein is thought to have cashed in a 660,000 euro fee through his consulting company.

Georg Nüsslein is thought to have cashed in a 660,000 euro fee through his consulting company.

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New CDU leader Armin Laschet has a difficult year ahead of him.

New CDU leader Armin Laschet has a difficult year ahead of him.

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Philipp Amthor conduction lobbying on behalf of a U.S. company and received stock options for his troubles.

Philipp Amthor conduction lobbying on behalf of a U.S. company and received stock options for his troubles.

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Karin Strenz was visited by public prosecutors last year.

Karin Strenz was visited by public prosecutors last year.

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After he was voted out of office, Helmut Kohl admitted to having received up to 2 million deutsche marks in donations that he didn't report.

After he was voted out of office, Helmut Kohl admitted to having received up to 2 million deutsche marks in donations that he didn't report.

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Germany's government has not performed well in the pandemic in recent months: Here, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, Bavarian Governor Markus Söder, Health Minister Jens Spahn and Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Germany's government has not performed well in the pandemic in recent months: Here, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer, Bavarian Governor Markus Söder, Health Minister Jens Spahn and Chancellor Angela Merkel.