German President resigns
Following calls from prosecutors to remove his immunity, German President, Christian Wulff, has resigned over allegations of financial impropriety.
Accusations that Wulff had accepted free holidays and a large loan started circulating at the end of last year. He then made a call to the editor of Bild in an attempt to stop the story being published, a move for which he was widely criticised.
Although the role is largely ceremonial, Wulff was Chancellor Merkel’s personal choice for president and she had supported him during the controversy. However his resignation is not expected to impact on her popularity.
Wulff will be replaced by Horst Seehofer of the Christian Social Union (CSU), the Bavarian sister party of the CDU.