Five days from elections federal, the Germany he finds himself debating the relationship between politics and justice. The latest twist of the election campaign German was staged on Monday, when the finance minister and candidate for chancellor of the SPD, Olaf Scholz, appeared before the Bundestag Finance Committee to answer questions on the investigation intoCustoms Anti-Money Laundering Unit, the son (Financial Intelligence Unit). The candidate for chancellery for the Cdu-Csu Union, Armin Laschet – who had already accused his rival of incompetence – spoke of a number of “areas where they would be clarifications needed“. But the attacks on Scholz also came from gave, theoretical future allies after the polls. From the SPD they respond by labeling the controversy as instrumental and raise the suspicion of one clockwork justice. Between the uncertainties about the future government and the accusations of political use of the justice, with speculations on prosecutors acting on party mandate, the next German elections seem to be the most “Italian” ever.
The story begins on 9 September, when the Osnabrück prosecutor’s office ordered the search of the Ministry of Finance led by Scholz as part of an investigation into the Fiu, which is based in Cologne, accused of omission of official documents for the failure to carry out investigations after the reports of some banks on suspicions of money laundering for millions of euros. The same day there southgerman newspaper raised doubts about the timing of the provision, defining the action of the magistrates “inopportune“. The minister and SPD candidate is not involved in the investigation. Furthermore, his dicastery does not have control functions on the activity of Fiu. Scholz himself had reacted with annoyance to the search, arguing that the prosecutor could have limited himself to sending a written request to the ministry, and had in turn raised suspicions about the timing of the operation.
Suspicions re-launched by various German newspapers, mainly from the center-left area, such as the same southgerman newspaper e The daily mirror, also in light of the fact that the chief prosecutor of Osnabrück, Bernard Südbeck, And a member of the CDU. In fact, in Germany, prosecutors are included in the Ministry of Justice of the Land, which in this case is led by a conservative, Barbara havliza. The Prosecutor’s Office replied to the accusations by explaining that the investigations are not directed by Südbeck and that they started from a complaint from the Ministry of Justice (the file, however, has been opened several months ago). In the meantime, exactly a week ago Scholz’s undersecretary was also under investigation, Wolfgang Schmidt (Spd): the prosecutor of Osnabrück entered him in the register of suspects for one of his tweets in which he partially disseminated the text of thesearch order performed in his department.
The oppositions, therefore gave, liberal (Fdp) e The left, asked for Scholz to be heard in committee. So he opened the last week of the election campaign by presenting himself to the Bundestag and taking advantage of the stage for claim his achievements as a minister: the anti-money laundering authority was expanded with more personal and more modern infrastructure of communication, said Scholz before the German deputies, stressing that the work done in the last three years exceeds that of the last thirty. The SPD candidate then assured them that they are in sight others improvements, especially about how he suspects irregularities are communicated to the judicial authorities.
Fabio De Masi, politics of Linke of Italian origins, to the Zdf he explained how Fiu now has more staff but the problem of skills. In fact, in Germany, unlike Italy, there is no authority such as Guard of Finance. Scholz inherited the problem from the past, but did not want to face it, is the accusation of De Masi: “Now it is falling to your feet“. However, attacks on the SPD candidate are not lacking, also because other scandals re-emerge from the past: from the failure of Wirecard to the story of Warburg Bank, linked to when Scholz was still mayor of Hamburg.
The criticisms obviously came from the Union, the Liberals and the AfD, but also from gave. The liberal Florian Toncar at the Deutschlandfunk stated that further clarification is needed because for now we know “only the tip of the iceberg“. It is the same accusation that Laschet also made against Scholz. Also Lisa Paus, group leader of the Greens in the Finance Committee, accused the minister of using the hearing to do election campaign, but not having contributed to to clarify the story. Scholz’s party colleague and SPD coleader, Norbert Walter-Borjans, he defended the candidate for chancellery by pointing the finger at Laschet. “To handle this affair in this way is scandalous as far as I’m concerned, ”he said.