Union parties, SPD: von der Leyen bears no responsibility in consultancy affair

The former Federal Minister of Defense Ursula von der Leyen (CDU), according to the CDU-CSU and SPD members of a Bundestag investigation committee, is not responsible for the advisory affair of her, then, ministry. However, responsibility does lie at the level of the State Secretaries. Von der Leyen hardly signed any of the decisions corresponding with the consultancy contracts herself. Von der Leyen is now President of the European Commission. She had previously admitted that the Ministry of Defense, under her leadership, had stopped the mistakes with contracts for external consultants.

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