GERMANY: MERKEL’S PARTY HIT BY DIRTY MASK DEALS


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Three German MPs from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party were forced to resign last week after it was revealed they made hundreds of thousands of euros for doing dirty government deals with coronavirus mask manufacturers.
“This has the potential to inflict long-lasting harm on the CDU,” Olav Gutting, a lawyer and politician, told the paper. He pointed to other issues the party is facing and the fact that the Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate elections are next weekend. Gutting said these problems are “really piling up.”
TREND FORECAST: We note this as just another example of how politicians represent their personal needs and not the public’s interests. In America, politicians doing dirty deals are rewarded with “campaign contributions,” i.e., bribes and payoffs that go unreported. 
In Germany, the “masks for money” scandal took its toll on Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) and their Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU), this past Sunday, with the CDU posting its worst-ever results in both states.
While Merkel was praised early on for her handling of the virus, the public has since become more critical of its protracted lockdown. 
Beyond Germany, there will be growing protests throughout Europe against establishment parties as economies only temporarily revive and nations sink further into the “Greatest Depression.” 

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