Germany, investigation into suspicion of money laundering: the ministry led by candidate Chancellor Scholz searched (17 days from the vote)

Germany, investigation into suspicion of money laundering: the ministry led by candidate Chancellor Scholz searched (17 days from the vote)
Germany, investigation into suspicion of money laundering: the ministry led by candidate Chancellor Scholz searched (17 days from the vote)

17 days after the vote in Germany, the Osnabruck prosecutor ordered a search as part of a suspicion investigation recycling the Ministry of Finance led by the candidate for the chancellery for the Social Democrats Olaf Scholz. The measure also concerned another SPD-led department, that of Justice. And even if the candidate for chancellor of the Social Democrats, for weeks widely in the lead in polls, is not at all involved in the investigation, the moment is at least “inappropriate“, As he titled the southgerman newspaper raising doubts about the timing of the provision.

Clockwork justice, how would you say in Italy? Scholz stressed that the proceeding, which affects theCentral Office for Investigations on Financial Transactions based in Cologne accused of not having reacted to the indications provided by some banks on suspicions of money laundering for millions of euros, has been open for many months. In any case, the ministry made itself completely available: “Full cooperation with the judiciary ”, the deputy chancellor reacted, adding that no employee of the building is the subject of the investigation. The investigation started in 2020 from one suspicious activity report made by a bank on payments to l’Africa over one million euros. The complaint, received by the UIF, “was not forwarded to the judicial authority”, which prevented “the blocking of this payment”. According to the indictment, this operation “had as a background, the trafficking of arms and drugs, as well as the financing of the terrorism“. Now the Justice wants to “verify – affirms the Prosecutor’s Office – if, and possibly to what extent, the heads of the ministries have been involved in the decisions of the UIF”.

The news naturally fueled the electoral clash: the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, newspaper close to the conservatives, argued that Scholz “still has a responsibility”, as head of the ministry, for actions against money laundering. And the liberal Christian Lindner, that the vice chancellor defined “reliable” in view of a possible coalition with theFdp, it has scolded of “not having his business under control”. On the other hand, the Union candidate Armin Laschet won the full support of the European People’s Party in Berlin, with the support of Sebastian Kurz, e Manfred Weber, arrived in the German capital to talk about the future of Europe. To introduce the works Angela Merkel, for which “the counting of the votes is done on election day” and “It was clear to everyone that after 16 years we would not arrive automatically or without effort at the chancellery”.

“It is not indifferent who will govern Germany for the future of the EU – said the Austrian Chancellor – The direction that Berlin will take will be decisive. A left coalition would lead to another Germany and another Europe. I am 100% sure that Laschet is the right chancellor ”. The intervention of the party leader in the European Parliament was more embarrassed Weber, who at a press conference at the Intercontinental Hotel had to respond to journalists about yet another provocation from his party, the Bavarian CSU. The general secretary Markus Blume in fact, he told Spiegel that “it is clear that the Conservatives would be better off with Markus Soeder as candidate”. And this precisely in the hours in which the Bavarian leader indicated the political convention of the weekend as decisive for the vote on 26 September: on Saturday Laschet will in fact be in the lions’ den, among the many social Christians who wanted their candidate leader. And the meeting is not expected to be easy: for the Forsa the CDU-Csu Union has collapsed to 19% against the SPD at 25%. “Cdu and Csu are in the same boat. We all want this success. And we will also win, ”Weber replied.

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