Under-fire lawmakers step down in Germany's coronavirus mask scandal

Two German politicians from the governing conservative bloc have been forced to leave their respective parties in a scandal surrounding profits from the sale of coronavirus masks, just days ahead of regional elections. Party leaders across the spectrum have weighed in on the so-called “mask-affair,” which has dominated political debate for the last few days. Christian Democrat (CDU) Nikolas Loebel and Georg Nuesslein from the allied Christian Social Union (CSU) left after coming under immense pressure from party colleagues and other politicians. After initially saying that he would resign his …

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