Germany’s former defense minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, who resigned in 2011 after it emerged that he had plagiarized large parts of his doctoral dissertation, could be planning his political comeback.
According to a report in Germany's biggest tabloid Bild, Mr. Guttenberg was seen on Monday in Munich meeting Andreas Scheuer, general secretary to the Christian Social Union, the Bavarian sister party of Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats.
While the talking points of the meeting are not known, the paper claimed the Bavarian party wants its former star to play a more active role in the party ahead of this September's election.
Mr. Scheuer told Bild: "In 2017, it's all or nothing for the whole of Germany. We need everyone on board during this fundamental decision for our country. "
"Now would be the right time for Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg to contribute more to the CSU with his expertise on foreign policy," Manfred Weber, leader of the center-right European People's Party in the European Parliament and a CSU member, told Bild.
Foreign and security policy issues would be at the center of discussions due to new U.S. president Donald Trump, Mr. Weber told the paper.
After his abrupt exit from politics, Mr. Guttenberg and his family moved to the U.S. East Coast. In New York he founded Spitzberg and Partners, a boutique corporate advisory and investment firm. The former politician advises companies including Lufthansa and the fintech start-up Ripple on regulation and innovation. He is also on the advisory board of Mountain Partners, the holding company of Cornelius Boersch.
He recently claimed he was not considering a return to politics. “I think that with my poor behavior, I’ve contributed all I can to politics. There’s nothing more for me there,” Mr. Guttenberg said last September. Pressed further, he only said, “it’s about as likely as the chance that I’ll start farming giraffes in my cellar.”