Germany

Former German President Goes to Trial

Christian Wulff is accused of having received and granted favors while in office

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Former German President Christian Wulff is going on trial accused of receiving and granting favours in office.

He is alleged to have accepted the payment of hotel bills by a film producer in return for lobbying while he was premier of Lower Saxony in 2008.

Mr Wulff—who stepped down in February 2012 after less than two years in the post—is Germany's first former head of state to answer charges in court.