Politician hunts down journalists
BERLIN: Germany’s ambitious health minister has been told to respect the press after his personal lawyers tracked down journalists who were digging into the details of his property portfolio.
Jens Spahn, 40, is regarded as a possible contender to become chancellor when Angela Merkel retires in September.
In recent weeks, however, his approval ratings have fallen as he wrestles with a stalling vaccination program, and his latest actions risk alienating large sections of the media.
Last year, Mr Spahn and his husband, Daniel Funke, 39, spent a substantial sum on a Weimar-era house in Dahlem, a prosperous suburb of the capital favoured by diplomats and leading business figures.
He also owns two flats elsewhere in the city.
In a country where displays of wealth by politicians are generally frowned on, the purchase caused comment as it was in the midst of a recession and Mr Spahn has refused to say how much he paid for it.