Merkel rival flies into cronyism row (Why do so many socialists want to “live rich”?)

Germany is in trouble generally. Why is it that prominent socialists always like to “live rich”? This is almost without exception.

(From The Times of London)

He is the left-wing German populist presenting Chancellor Angela Merkel with her most serious challenge at the polls in more than a decade as she runs for a fourth term in September’s election.

But Martin Schulz, 61, the newly appointed leader of the Social Democrats, is facing an official inquiry into his use of private jets, lavish spending in expensive restaurants and alleged promotion of close aides to plum posts during the five years he spent as president of the European parliament.

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