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Ursula von der Leyen : The soloist

"There's a point," says a Deputy, "because it is enough." The man is sitting on the Opposition in the defence Committee. On Wednesday it was decided in Green, FDP and Left there. The panel has been trying for weeks to bring light to the Advisory practice in Ursula von der Leyens Ministry. The Minister himself appeared to the special meeting and settled for hours of questioning. Your former state Secretary Katrin Suder, a key figure in the affair, came. As there was then.

With the head through the wall

Apparently, there have been Attempts to wreak havoc in the last Minute to avert. A request for a further million for external consultants, disappeared from the Committee's agenda – at whose instigation, it remained a bit unclear. Wiser it would not have been so, or so, to make it in the first place. He worked as a Affront with the head through the wall.

The witness chair in the future investigation Committee is the Minister now sure. Is still become every Time to dock. The thing will always digs opaque, "the deeper you", says the Green MEP Alexander New, full of anticipation. But somehow it fits as a logical conclusion to the year of discontent for the low-Saxon.

in fact, Leyen is already out as a true bearer of hope. Gone are the days where you as a favourite to the successor Angela Merkel has been traded. That was her right. The 60-Year-old has made about your chances of the CDU presidency and the Chancellery little illusions. So you party meetings could occasionally be with fiery Speeches amaze, so low her interest in and talent for the networks.

reformer with an iron broom

she remained by the soloist, as the Merkel had brought once from Hannover to her side. As the question of succession was suddenly concrete, came to her Name, not even in a playful way into the game. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer had taken the place of the favorite.

For Leyen remained at the CDU party Congress, only the defense of the Vice-presidency post. Even the managed with difficulty. 57,47 per cent of the votes – no one could have her to blame, to take the result as a reason to retreat. But retreat is not in their Thinking. As you in 2017, after the Blow of an extreme right-wing officer candidate in the Bundeswehr a lump sum of an "attitude problem", and liked you in front of the outraged reaction, not even a tactical retreat.

The spell, you take offense in the force probably forever. That again and again – sometimes serious, sometimes more glitches and Defects in equipment is ridiculous and the device public beating waves, by the way, has to do with the. As a reformer with an iron broom race, as they did in 2013, caused resistance in the large apparatus of the Bundeswehr. The unjust abuse did not give the critics of legitimacy.

The wild Advisor to the jungle

"U-boats, not swimming, and aircraft that do not fly" have since been an integral part of any government criticism. The consultant affair is more complicated, but still dangerous. She has what it takes to bring your reform project generally, into disrepute. Impetus gave reports of the Federal court of auditors, which met in the Ministry and in government agencies on a rampant consultant jungle. The External came from consulting and IT-companies, several contracts were awarded without tender. What they collected in two years, 200 million euros, remained often unclear. The Revision of the Ministry met with a consultant that could occur with service rooms, and official stationery to the outside as officials.

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Ursula of the Leyen of The Committee of inquiry into the consultant affair is overdue

Fabian Löhe

That errors are happening, Leyen given earlier. The decisive factor for the investigation Committee on the refusal of the Ex-Secretary of state Suder, so it represent the three opposition parties. Leyen had brought the former McKinsey-wife in 2013 as a real reform engine in the house; today she is head of the Digitalrat of the government. Questions of possible nepotism wanted to answer only in writing. Leyen, declared that it could not require the former close associates of their behavior. Formally, this is true. It was not enough.

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