Germany's elites reveal their true colours

Two high-profile scandals afflicting a prominent chief executive and a former federal chancellor shine an unflattering light on Germany's political and business culture.

Over the past years of the continent’s debt crisis, Germany liked to present itself as a haven of integrity in Europe. Other nations were shocked and sometimes embarrassed by the behaviour of their elites. Just think of the scandal-prone Italian ex-premier Silvio Berlusconi, Greece’s endemic corruption or Cyprus’ role as a money-laundering oasis.

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