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Baerbock reports thousands of euros in additional income retrospectively

Berlin - The Chancellor candidate of the Greens, Annalena Baerbock, has reported additional income from the years 2018 and 2020 to the Bundestag. The money is said to be special payments of between 17,500 and 37,000 euros, received by Baerbock as party leader of the Greens and which she "accidentally" failed to report, according to Nicola Kabel quoted by Bild. According to Welt, it should have been 25,220 euros out of a total of four payments by the party.

Baerbock reported the special payments “independently” to the Bundestag administration in March 2021 after she and the party's federal office had noticed that this had not yet taken place. According to the Greens spokeswoman, however, special payments are common.

Confusion about Baerbock's curriculum vitae
"Like all employees of the federal office of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen, party leaders also receive regular annual special payments at Christmas," she told Bild. In addition, possible special payments are made, such as in years of successful election campaigns or in 2020 as a Covid-related special payment to all employees.

In the past week, Baerbock has come under increasing criticism since questions about her professional career had arisen. Some bloggers had expressed doubts about the information in their résumé that Baerbock had graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science and public law in Hamburg. At that point in time you couldn't even do a bachelor's degree at Hamburg University.

In fact, as her spokesman Andreas Kappler admitted on Twitter, Baerbock only completed a preliminary diploma in political science at the University of Hamburg. This was followed by a degree at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where she allegedly graduated with a master's degree.

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