“BGM I HSH and 17.11.2016”
A calendar note brings new cum-ex questions to Scholz
When did Olaf Scholz, as the first mayor of Hamburg, know anything about the Warburg cum-ex case? A newly discovered entry in the calendar of then finance senator Tschentscher could help fill in the gaps in memory. However, Scholz and his successor at the town hall are restrained.
In the cum-ex affair regarding Warburg Bank, according to “Spiegel”, there is a hint of a previously unknown meeting that could once again bring Chancellor Olaf Scholz to account. According to a confidential communication from the Cologne public prosecutor’s office from the end of June, Scholz, as Hamburg’s first mayor, personally exchanged views on the Warburg tax case with then finance senator Peter Tschentscher on September 6, 2017. Both have always denied it.
Cologne investigators refer to an entry in Tschentscher’s seized meeting calendar. Accordingly, a round has been scheduled on 6th September 2017 from 9 to 10.30 am with the subject “BGM I HSH and 17.11.2016”. BGM I stands for First Mayor. HSH is the abbreviation for HSH Nordbank, which at that time still belonged to the federal states of Hamburg and Schleswig-Holstein. November 17, 2016 is the day Hamburg’s tax authorities decided to waive Warburg’s repayment of €47 million due to illegal cum-ex transactions.
Scholz and Tschentscher vehemently defend themselves against accusations that they influenced the decision at the time. A spokesman for Tschentscher, who is now mayor of Hamburg, said in response to the request that the calendar entry must be “disinformation”. On September 6, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., a meeting was held at the town hall, in which Tschentscher and Scholz took part. It was HSH Nordbank. In the Tschentscher calendar, the subject is “BGM I HSH”. The calendar entry does not “reference the date 17 November 2016 or Warburg Bank”.
A spokeswoman for the federal government dodged questions about the trial. She announced that the “cited calendar entry” “shows no connection to the area of responsibility of the Federal Chancellery”. You can “generally comment only on events within the scope of the Federal Chancellery”.