Posted by: mbconsulting | July 1, 2010

Christian Wulff elected as Federal President in Germany

After one month the Federal Convention, established for this goal, elected Christian Wulff as Federal President, as in German is called Reichspräsident, after three ballots, with 625 vote from a minimum 623 votes, in the final round, in front of his competitors: Joachim Gauck supported by SPD, Grüne, that gained 490 votes in the final ballot, Luc Jochimsen and Frank Rennickethat decided to withdrawn after two rounds.

Please here the results as are mentioned by wikipedia:

After the first two ballots, Christian Wulff led vote totals but could not win an absolute majority of 623 votes. Thus, the vote went to a decisive third round, where only a plurality of votes was required to win. The election is the third to require three ballots since the current system was introduced in 1949.

Christian Wulff was supported by Ms. Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, and his appointed is coming after the resignation of Horst Köhler.

The resignation of the previous president, Mr. Horst Köhler was largely comment on the mass-media. Everything started with criticism for his statements that Germany’s military missions abroad also served to secure trade, critics accused him of advocating the use of “gunboat diplomacy”, after his visit in Afghanistan. For a full background, I will also present some events that occurred in the same period of time.The resignation of a person like Köhler, with wide experience in international finance, came in a period of time when Germany’s Chancellor received intense criticism regarding the lack of financial support for Greece. More, when Greece was confronting with a severe crisis, with anarchic demonstrations on street, the current chancellor decided to participate at a military parade in Russia, at Moscow, instead being into contact with the other European governments and Prime- Ministers prepared to deal with Greek crisis. The rumors said a phone call coming from Mr. Obama supported a quick decision coming from Germany. It is also interested to remark that the minister of finance, in the same period, was hospitalized, after repeated health problems.

Now coming back to the end of May, when Mr. Horst Köhler had fighted with accusations that in the interview he had overstepped his formal role by favoring an unconstitutional position. Indeed, he was called for more influence coming from the President and has suggested the President should be directly elected, as in Romania (as was under Germany’s Weimar Constitution).

Without support and with no PR staff, as his staff resigned before that crisis, Köhler stepped down on 31 May 2010, issuing a statement saying “I declare my resignation from the Office of President, with immediate effect.” The difference between German President and Romanian President is how these persons react or no to the press criticism. The following days after his resignation, the ex German President he was criticized for not being able to handle criticism while being a rigorous critic himself. Some analyses considered that the resignation was a normal way of personal conduct others considered his unprecedent act of immediate resignation was also considered showing a lack of respect for his position.

According to Wikipedia,

Köhler was born in Skierbieszów (then named Heidenstein), in the General Government area of German-occupied Poland, as the seventh child of Elisabeth and Eduard Köhler, into a family of Bessarabian Germans from Rîşcani in Romanian Bessarabia (near Bălţi, present-day Moldova). Horst Köhler’s parents, ethnic Germans and Romanian citizens, had to leave their home in Bessarabia in 1940 during the Nazi-Soviet population transfers that followed the invasion of Poland and the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, which awarded Bessarabia to the Soviet Union. As part of the Generalplan Ost, they were resettled in 1942 at Skierbieszów, a village near Zamość, Poland (then part of the General Government). As the Wehrmacht was pushed back and the first parts of Poland had to be abandoned in 1944, the Köhler family fled to Leipzig. In 1953, they left the Soviet Zone – via West Berlin – to escape from the communist regime. The family lived in refugee camps until 1957, when they settled in Ludwigsburg. Horst Köhler hence spent most of his first 14 years as a refugee.

According with the official site http://www.bundespraesident.de/en

Christian Wulff was born in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, on 19 June 1959. From 1978 to 1980, he was a member of the National Executive of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU). From 1979 to 1983, he was also a member of the National Executive of the Junge Union, whose Lower Saxony section he led from 1983 to 1985.

A lawyer by profession, Wulff has been a member of the CDU Executive in Lower Saxony since 1984. From 1989 to 1994, he was leader of the CDU group in Osnabrück council.

In 1994 he stood for the first time for election to Lower Saxony’s Landtag and became the directly elected member for Osnabrück-West. In the same year, he became the leader of the CDU parliamentary group in the Landtag and remained in this post until 2003. From 1994 to 2008 he was also the CDU chairman in Lower Saxony.

Since 1998 Christian Wulff has been CDU Deputy Federal Chairman.

Since March 2003, he has been Minister-President of Lower Saxony.

On 30 June 2010, the Federal Convention elected him Federal President in the third ballot.

P.S.
There are some similarities between Mr. Köhler and my dad. My father was born near by Chisinau, Moldova, in a family where his mother, my grand-mother, was the third child of a family with an Hungarian father and a German mother established near by Sibiu, Romania. My father decided to follow a career as an economist in international trade, but until 18 y.o. his family could not have a secure place as they were refugees in the south part of Romania. My grand parents died without any property because the one that existed in Moldava could never be recovered, and during communist era, even it was difficult to mention about it. More than this, because my grandfather had a military career in army lead by the the King, he had a miserable pension, that could not bear to support his wife, my grand mother.

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  1. Message for Bundespresident Christian Wulff: my blog is http://www.baenir.blogcentral.is Under History are many pictures and some personal photos. Sincerely, S.R.Haralds, Reykjavík,25.10.2010,10pm


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