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Merkel challenger earned $1.6 million for lectures

Merkel challenger earned $1.6 million for lectures

Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-left challenger in next year's German elections says he earned some (EURO)1.25 million ($1.6 million) over three years giving lectures _ and says he's detailing his earnings as an example to rivals who questioned his credibility.
The main opposition Social Democrats a month ago nominated Peer Steinbrueck, Germany's finance minister from 2005-9, as Merkel's challenger in elections expected next September.
Opponents then drew attention to his earnings as a paid speaker after leaving government, some suggesting he risked appearing too close to the financial industry. Steinbrueck says that's absurd.
German Parliament rules require lawmakers to disclose outside earnings but only very generally.
Steinbrueck on Tuesday presented an audit he commissioned. It detailed 89 lectures for which he was paid as much as (EURO)25,000 each.


Updated : 2020-12-04 04:53 GMT+08:00