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Deutsche Post CEO Resigns in Tax Probe

The head of the German postal service offers to resign a day after the authorities raided his home and office as part of an investigation into tax evasion

Klaus Zumwinkel, 18 years at the helm of Deutsche Post, has offered to resign a day after the authorities raided his home and office in connection with charges of massive tax evasion.

A Finance Ministry spokesperson confirmed on Friday that Zumwinkel had presented his offer to resign to the company's supervisory board and that the full board would be given the offer on Monday. Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Ullrich Wilhem told reporters that "the federal government welcomes the offer of resignation." He added that Merkel was critical of the way the Deutsche Post CEO had dealt with the allegations and that she felt it would have been in the interests of the company's employees, and also those of many citizens, if he made a statement on the matter.