Rainer Wieland

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Rainer Wieland 2012

Rainer Wieland (born 19 February 1957, Stuttgart) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament for Baden-Württemberg.[1] Since 2009 he has been one of the 14 Vice Presidents of the Parliament. He is a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union, part of the European People's Party. Rainer Wieland is chairman of Europa-Union Deutschland Baden-Württemberg (regional section of UEF) and since 2011 has been President of Europa-Union Deutschland.[2]

In 2013, the German weekly newspaper,Der Spiegel, reported that Wieland whilst acting as an MEP also worked as a lobbyist and a partner in a Brussels law firm.[3] Moreover, he acted was the chairman of a group set up by the European Commission in 2012 to manage European transparency[4] - doing nothing after its formation.[5]