Annalena Baerbock is again in focus. The Green Chancellor candidate reacts to repeated allegations and has her doctoral scholarship examined.
Berlin – The excitement about the Chancellor candidate of the Green Annalena Baerbock is not diminishing. After Baerbock’s co-federal chairman Robert Habeck had clearly spoken out in an interview on Saturday against opening debates about an exchange of the Green Chancellor candidacy, another message is now causing a stir.
Baerbock has doctoral scholarship examined – reaction to renewed allegations
Annalena Baerbock is now having the legality of payments checked that she received between 2009 and 2012 as part of a doctoral scholarship. During this time, the Chancellor candidate of the Greens was working on a dissertation entitled “Natural Disasters and Humanitarian Aid in International Law” at the Free University of Berlin. After Baerbock moved into the Bundestag in 2013, she broke off her doctoral project in order to concentrate on the mandate.
In the years before that, she received a “living stipend for doctoral students” from the Heinrich Böll Foundation, close to the Greens, amounting to 1,050 euros per month. After criticism had recently been raised that the payments to Baerbock were not lawful, they should now be examined. “In view of the media inquiries about party political engagement and the doctoral scholarship, Ms. Baerbock asked the Heinrich Böll Foundation to take another look at the facts that were now almost ten years ago,” said Greens spokeswoman Nicola Kabel bild.de at.
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But what is the accusation? Since the Heinrich Böll Foundation is subject to the funding guidelines of the Ministry of Research, the scholarship may not be awarded to applicants who are engaged in other activities that “predominantly use the workforce of the sponsored person” or who are “employed for more than one eighth of the regular weekly working hours ”.
Baerbock is said to have not met these criteria – at least that is what the allegations are. At the time of her doctoral project, the Greens leader was party chairman of the Greens in Brandenburg (2009-2013), board member of the European Green Party (2009-2012) and spokeswoman for the Federal Working Group Europe (2008-2013). However, Baerbock did not receive a salary for these activities. Between 2011 and 2012, she only received a monthly allowance of EUR 226.76 and EUR 400 for her position as chairman of the Greens.
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In addition, the Greens also officially deny the allegations that Baerbock’s offices “mostly used labor”: “Ms. Baerbock’s main focus in these years was on working on her doctoral project; the party-political, essentially voluntary commitment took place in particular in the evenings and on weekends. “
However, if the check reveals that Baerbock has received wrongly payments, the 40-year-old could have to repay the money. Baerbock is said to have received around 40,000 euros as part of the scholarship. (fd)