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Der Wulff-Effekt

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Werden niedersächsische CDU-Wahlkämpfer auf Christian Wulff angesprochen, verfinstert sich meist die Miene. Die Causa des zurückgetretenen Bundespräsidenten schwebt wie ein dunkler Schatten über der Landespartei. Bislang hat die Staatsanwaltschaft Hannover noch nicht bekannt gegeben, ob gegen Wulff und seinen früheren Sprecher Olaf Glasecker Anklage erhoben wird. Eine Schlammschlacht droht, und das zu einem höchst ungünstigen Zeitpunkt kurz vor der Landtagswahl. Der „Wulff-Effekt“ könnte der Partei wichtige Stimmen kosten. Auch Ministerpräsident David McAllister distanziert sich so weit es geht von seinem Ziehvater, erwähnt ihn in seinen Reden möglichst nicht.

Jetzt hat der „Wulff-Effekt“ auf das Privatleben des ehemaligen Bundespräsidenten durchgeschlagen. Knapp ein Jahr nach dem Rücktritt haben Christian Wulff und seine Frau Bettina ihre Trennung bekannt gegeben. Wie die Bild-Zeitung berichtet, soll der 53-Jährige bereits aus dem gemeinsamen Haus in Großburgwedel ausgezogen sein und sich eine Mietwohnung in Hannover genommen haben. Über die Gründe der Trennung kann nur spekuliert werden. Aber nach dem schmachvollen Rücktritt, staatsanwaltlichen Ermittlungen im Zuge der Kreditaffäre und der öffentlichen Auseinandersetzung mit seinem ehemals wichtigsten Mitarbeiter Glaesecker ging wohl die Grundlage der Beziehung verloren.

Den schwierigen Zustand ihrer Ehe hatte Bettina Wulff auch in dem im September 2012 erschienenen Buch „Jenseits des Protokolls“ thematisiert und damit für Unverständnis gesorgt. So heißt es darin beispielsweise: „Es wäre eine Lüge zu sagen, dass das Aus- und Erfüllen des Amtes des Bundespräsidenten spurlos an unserem Beziehungsleben vorbeiging.“ Sie beklagt ihre Rolle als Statistin an seiner Seite, sieht ihre Eigenständigkeit und Selbstbestimmung verloren. Auch psychotherapeutische Hilfe nahm das Paar in Anspruch. Mit dem Buch wollte Bettina Wulff ihre Würde wiedererlangen. Geglückt ist ihr das nicht. Schon damals schrieben Medien, das Buch lese sich wie ein ausführlicher Scheidungsantrag. Immer wieder wird die Distanz zu Christian Wulff betont und Intimitäten preisgegeben, die der Leser nicht unbedingt hat wissen wollen. 

Am 17. Februar 2012 nach wochenlangem Tauziehen gab Wulff im Schloss Bellevue seinen Rücktritt bekannt. Bettina stand mit versteinerter Miene neben ihrem Mann.

In glücklicheren Zeiten hat das Ehepaar Wulff die Öffentlichkeit nur zu gern Anteil an ihrem Privatleben nehmen lassen. Als die Patchwork-Familie in das Schloss Bellevue einzog, jubelten die Medien über das moderne Paar. Nach dem Erscheinen ihres Buchs hatten viele schon eine Vorahnung.  „Ich will mich endlich einmal um meinen eigenen Kern kümmern, um mich selbst, meine Träume und Wünsche“, schrieb die 39-Jährige darin.

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Stocks Pull Back as Momentum Fades

U.S. and European shares fell Friday as momentum faded from a rally that had been spurred by optimism over the U.S. economy.

China’s Turbulence Exposes Risks to Europe’s Growth

The eurozone’s heavy reliance on exports leaves the region vulnerable as emerging markets stumble.

Austria Says 71 Migrants Found Dead in Truck

Austrian police said 71 migrants were found dead in a truck off a highway outside Vienna and that three alleged human traffickers had been arrested in Hungary.

Fed Urged to Press Ahead With Rate Rise

After months of forewarning by the Fed that it is preparing to raise short-term interest rates, some international officials have a message: Get on with it already. 60

Lebanon’s youth-led “You Stink” movement initially formed as a protest against mounds of uncollected garbage in Beirut. Now it wants political change.

Lebanon’s youth-led “You Stink” movement initially formed as a protest against mounds of uncollected garbage in Beirut. Now it wants political change.

Anger Over Garbage in Lebanon Blossoms into Demands for Reform

Calls for political reform, however, collide with country’s entrenched, sectarian-based political system.

Hacker Killed by Drone Was Islamic State’s ‘Secret Weapon’

That Islamic State’s Junaid Hussain was targeted directly by the U.S. and U.K. shows the extent to which digital warfare has upset the balance of power on the modern battlefield. 114

Big Oil Faces Prospect of Lower Refining Profits

For much of the past year, the world’s biggest energy companies suffered through an oil-price rout with one silver lining: Their little-loved refineries were churning out big profits again. Now, that bright spot could be fading, even as oil prices sink.

China’s World

Markets? To Xi Jinping, Another Battle Comes First

Those who think a wilting economy and stock-market turmoil may divert Xi Jinping’s focus from his anticorruption campaign misunderstand his priorities.

Russia

Moscow Strains To Upgrade Forces

Even as the country projects a muscular image, a falling ruble and weaker economy has forced President Vladimir Putin to scale back ambitious plans to modernize the military. 54

Ukraine’s U.S.-Born Finance Minister Praised for Persistence

Natalie Jaresko led months of tense negotiations with creditors, clocking thousands of air miles to reach a debt-relief deal that should help secure further bailout funds from the International Monetary Fund.

Greece Names George Chouliarakis Interim Finance Minister

Greece named George Chouliarakis as the country’s interim finance minister, handing him control of the country’s purse strings until next month’s elections.

Ex-Archbishop Dies Ahead of Vatican Child Abuse Trial

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Brazil’s big bet on China is turning sour as the Asian country’s once voracious appetite for Brazilian exports dims.

U.K. Confirmed As One of Fastest-Growing Western Nations

Britain was confirmed as one of the fastest-growing western nations in the second quarter, a fresh sign of health for policy makers at the Bank of England to weigh against concerns about the global economy.

Eurozone Businesses, Households More Upbeat

Businesses and households across the eurozone became slightly more upbeat in August, an indication that the slowdown in economic growth during the second quarter is unlikely to turn into a more severe downturn.

Swiss Economy Beats Expectations

Switzerland’s economy grew in the second quarter, defying expectations that it would slip into its first recession in six years.

Business

India Embraces Luxury Goods

As sales growth slows in China and other big markets, luxury-goods makers are seeking to cash in on patches of new wealth in often-unexpected parts of India, where there is a growing appetite for luxury brands.

Google Rebuffs European Union on Antitrust Charges

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Hermès Plays Down China Luxury Risk

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Mansion

A Swedish Couple’s Lakeside Oasis

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Technology

Pentagon Advances Partnership with Tech Firms for Flexible Electronics

The Pentagon is announcing that it will contribute seed money to a consortium of Silicon Valley firms to develop what defense officials say is a promising new technology incorporating “flexible” electronics.

China’s Moves Won’t Help U.S. Tech Firms

China’s moves to spur its slowing economy are having an important but less obvious effect on the tech sector: Strengthening local companies that were already making life difficult for U.S. rivals.

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