Bavarian parliament under pressure to cease nepotism

The Bavarian State Parliament is turning up the pressure on those accused of nepotism within the government branch.

Barbara Stamm has called for the names of all those politicians who have relatives under their personal employ to be published. Though it is technically legal for the politicians to have these relatives under their pay roll, the acceptability of the practice has been called into question recently in light.

In the year 2000, it was made illegal for Bavarian politicians to hire their relatives into their departments. A loophole in the rule was set up under which relatives already in the employ of these politicians were allowed to keep their jobs. 

Six CSU politicians have kept their relatives on the pay roll to this day. Bavarian Agriculture Minister Helmut Brunner confirmed on Thursday that he had his wife under his employ between 2000 and 2009, and paid her just under net EUR1000 a month.

Accusations of nepotism are among the most damaging for political careers. Though none of the politicians who are employing their relatives have broken any laws, should any of their names be published it may haunt them for years to come.

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