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Turbulent Thailand

Germany plans no moves against Thai king, document shows

Berlin gives monarch a pass on conducting Thai state affairs from Germany

 King Maha Vajiralongkorn moves among royalists during a candlelit vigil outside the Grand Palace in Bangkok on Dec. 5 to mark the birthday of his late father, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.     © Reuters

HAMBURG, Germany -- The German government has no plans to take action against the Thai king for his preference of spending most of his time in the country's southwest state of Bavaria, a document seen by Nikkei Asia indicates.

The document, from Germany's foreign ministry, was a written response on Tuesday to Wolfgang Schaeuble, president of the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, over questions raised regarding King Maha Vajiralongkorn's long stays in the country, which became a focal point of protests roiling Thailand late last year.

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