Since 2019, there’s been a story on Twitter about how a German state institution has badly scammed a private company. This story is seemingly unbelievable. Mr. Siguan Wang (Eric) is a Chinese-Hungarian business owner from Budapest, Hungary. His company established contractual relationship with a German State University near the German capital of Berlin. But 5 years later, Mr. Wang is ready to release his first book “Prof. Dr. Bullshit” which is about his business experience with German State institute and the German Government and also ready to start a lawsuit for $100 million USD compensation against the German state institution and the German government. So, we are here to unwrap the interesting story.
Are you a business owner from China?
First, thank you for interviewing me. I have waited for this opportunity for a long time. And pls correct me if I’m wrong, English is not my first language.
So, yes, my parents emigrated from Beijing to Budapest in 1990. I’ve lived in Hungary since the age of 9. So, I grow up here in Eastern Europe. In my children ages, Hungary was a very U.S. oriented country. American pop music, American rock music, American movies so can say, everything around me was American. They even have a forever green hits song which name is: “Something America”. But it’s a long story and has no connection with this German case. But I can say that from my heart I’m a freedom and a fight to the end type person.
Why you have decided to release your debate with your German state institution partner?
Well, the current President of TH Wildau, Ulrike Tippe, and the German Federal Minister Anja Karliczek play a big role in it. I, as their contractual partner, have contacted them for over “I don’t know how many” times and they never said one time that “Dear. Mr.Wang, as our contractual partner please visit us and let’s find out what we can do”. I don’t know how a country/institution could even managed this way. I think a small hotdog vendor can’t operate this way, and these people are representing a whole country. It’s insane, isn’t it?
You mean you as their contractual partner, you have never received one invitation from them to give a chance to solve your business debate?
Correct, the only letter I have received from the current president TH Wildau’s Ulrike was: “She has accepted my termination request” because I sent her a breach of agreement warning, listed the breached points in detail and I warned her that if they agree to pay a compensation we may terminate the contract with them in a proper fashion. Then I had to read it again six times, to understand the logic behind it, but unfortunately, I found no logic in her answer.
How was German Federal Minister has involved into this case?
One of our contractual obligations is that we must obey the guidance provided by German Federal Education Ministry. But when I contacted them in 2018 and 2019, first they claimed that they have no connection with this case, and later they simply didn’t answer to anything. I know it’s hard to believe but everything is documented.
What this contract which you have signed with Germans is about?
This German state institution: TH Wildau, Technical University of Applied Sciences Wildau (or Technische Hochschule Wildau) simply transferred its representative rights to my company for the whole territory of China. In this cooperation agreement they handed over on their rights to promote, build, represent, and manage, so all these activities belonged to my Company. And they had an obligation to provide many training and study programs for us, this was the base meaning of our cooperation. Also, a very strong obligation made by the German state institution was they cannot let any third party to do the same things in China parallel to me. Otherwise they must ask written permission from my Company. So, very serious commitments made by Germans. They just forgot to accomplish it.
Who prepared this contract which you signed with the German state institution?
I studied it on American online lawportal and after I prepared it and sent it to Ungvari, I expected that he will ask their legal experts to review it because they have so much Prof. Dr.-s inside this German state institution. After some days he told me he has signed the contract, and everything was ok. So, until today I didn’t know has this monumental contract reviewed by their legal experts or not. Anyway, I asked Ungvari not just signature it but also put stamps to both pages, to give seriousness to it. And it seems it wasn’t enough, maybe I should have asked him to put his fingerprint on it?
What was your commitments in this Cooperation Agreement?
We are obligated to develop, promote, and find new business opportunities for TH Wildau, and we were obligated to act by the Guidance of TH Wildau and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
What Guidance you have received from TH Wildau and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research?
From Federal level absolutely nothing. From TH Wildau, it was chaotic. Just for example, the only one program which they offered to us is organized by an outsider company who allegedly connected to their university, but from the contract of 2014, we don’t have contractual relationship with that outsider company. So, it’s like we were making business based on “flea market”. I can’t even use words to describe how chaotic this German state institution was, but I suggest you look on a scene which name is “Dinner Made by Hand” from Scary Movie 2. This scene can describe this German state university with its best.
What did you expected from this Cooperation?
Well, you can see from the nature of this contract that it’s a monumental cooperation contract. We have opened a market for this German state institution between 2012-2013, it wasn’t easy, but we did it. In 2014, I expected a minimum 3 million EUR revenue by the end of 2018. Because TH Wildau claimed that they’re a very Top University of Brandenburg, and they had some millions EUR projects related to R&D and our contract was valid to every scale. I had an expectation that from this cooperation in the end of 2018, I could buy a big apartment in Manhattan or Beverly hills.
And not in Berlin?
No, Germany never was my living destination. I think my German colleagues know this very well.
I’ve visited many places of Germany like: Frankfurt, Dresden, Essen, Munich, Stuttgart, Leipzig, Dusseldorf but somehow the atmosphere and the culture didn’t catch me. I just wanted a fair business relationship with this Country and nothing else.
What about the ex-president Prof.Ungvari? Have you tried to solve your issue with him?
Well, I have sent signals to him since 2015 only 1 year after we signed that contract. I told him something is really not ok with his German state institution, I even described his institution is on the same level as the city of Juarez – Mexico. In another email from 2016 he simply claimed that he cannot fulfill their written obligations is because he is on the campaign mode, and if I don’t let him to succeed on his re-election I will stay without a partner.
Unbelievable, so Prof.Ungvari as a German state institution’ s head has recognized that his institution has failed to fulfill its written obligations?
Exactly, and not one time, many times! But I don’ t know whether it was connected with his disease from 2014 or not, just before he left his position as President of TH Wildau, he simply sent me an email with: “he and his institution fulfilled everything, and they did everything within the legal framework.” That was my last email with Ungvari, first I felt that I’m communicating with a thug from a pub. But after I took his threats very seriously, because anyway he is a person who has common photo with Angela Merkel and F.W.Steinmeier. And I had to believe that this Germany is just as corrupt as “that Germany” in those Hollywood movies. And this is the reason why I deservedly waited for Ulrike Tippe to take the position. I thought it couldn’t be worse. And I was wrong!
Have you tried to explain to the outgoing president Ungvari, that he should solve your issue before he left the office?
Sure, and in the summer of 2017, Ungvari came here to Budapest and tried to explain to me that he still had a chance to stay in the position. And he told me that I can start a competition for a project which related to our contract and I can take it as compensation. But somehow, I felt he was just trying to scam more money out of me. Because nothing concrete was in it.
And this is the German state institution president who asked money from you as you mentioned in Twitter?
Correct, and not one time. Many times. In the early days, has asked it as a help. But later, he requested or can say forced me to pay, because as he described: pay for a working partnership is an accepted practice of Germany.
How much “partnership money” you have paid to Prof.Ungvari, and could he take these
money as a friendly support?
A lot. I want to say a story from 2014. In that year Ungvari has diagnosed with cancer he told me in phone that he really needs financial help, a matter of life and death! So, I took my family with our new born Child to visit him in a Clinique at Bad Saarow – Germany and when he received the 6000EUR in cash from me he doesn’t said even a thank you. So, I don’t think I’m a friend of him. But from 2016 Ungvari has started to claim money aggressively even with his German state institution’s email. This was the point where I had enough of Germany. I just cannot believe that if Germany is a well-regulated and well governed country then somebody just dare to use an official state institution’s email to ask money this way. You know I grow up with those American movies where usually described Germans as mad Nazis who like to do evil things with no regrets, and when you grow up and you faced with real blood and flesh Germans and in doing business, they’re almost same mad as you saw in those movies… If this is not happened with me, I won’t even believe that this story may be true.
Have you tried to work together with other colleagues of TH Wildau?
Sure, already in 2016, I tried to discover other partners within this TH Wildau, like Peter Jörg at that time he was the vice president of this school, and allegedly his is a professional law expert. So, in the early days I have considered him as a guarantee that all contractual issues will be well managed. But in an email from 2016 where I asked him to be present in one of the education exhibitions, in his reply letter he started to list me 20-25 countries names filled 3 complete rows to indicating that he is an “extreme busy man” … Well, I knew that this German state institution has serious problems.
Is it possible that this German state institution simply just interpret the fulfillment differently? And they’re not doing things by out of spite?
I also tried to believe that there’s a misunderstanding occurs the main problem. But unfortunately, No! As I said before in an email from 2016, the President of TH Wildau clearly asked me to abandon my contractual rights, because as he claimed, “he cannot jeopardize his election campaign, and after everything can go…”. And he even threatened my Company, that if he won’t be in position, we won’t have a partner there. I cannot take this other than a German state institution’s representative openly claimed that in Germany obligate to a binding written contract is an optional something.
And in 2015, when the VW scandal came out, I started to believe that this whole “strict Germany” stuff is a scam.
Unbelievable, So, the Germans simply signed a contract with your company which they’re unable to fulfill?
Correct. The even worse is they even didn’t try to solve my company’s legit claims until today.
Has TH Wildau current president Prof.Ulrike contacted you in any way since she took the position?
No, I have only received one mail from her where she refused to pay compensation to my company as she said: “it has no base”.
Does she know that some years before, Prof.Ungvari has already recognized that TH Wildau breached this contract?
As I said before, I have no idea how this German institution could even operate. So, if she knew about this then she definitely committed abuse of power and dereliction of duty. Because she knew that they have breached a contract and she kept bullied an innocent private company. With this, she risked the state institution’s reputation and public money as well. But if she doesn’t know that Ungvari has recognized the breach of contract in 2016 then why did she refuse to meet me as their contractual partner? How can an institutional leader make any decision without knowing the details? As I said before, a small hotdog business cannot be managed this way and these Germans lead an entire state institution. For me, it’s totally Madness.
And what is your opinion about TH Wildau’s current president Prof. Ulrike?
As I said, I don’t know how a person like this could lead an entire state institution. If I’m a leader of a state institution I will definitely keep my doors open, hear what others say, know the evidences and only after made my decision. I think this is the normal procedure for any business owner. But this President Woman is really rude, ruder than the former President Man. She never replies one email to me, blocked my twitter. She simply blocked all my channels to solve this debate directly with them. I can say she forced me to release their nasty story. Don’t forget, I had a contract in my hands with their institution’s stamp… And I was unable to receive an email reply. And the most grotesque part is that TH Wildau teaches problem solving. OMG…
How Porsche AG has involved into this Case?
In 2014.Aug. I received an offer from one of my business partner, he is working as a Lawyer of Dentons
in China Kunming. He asked me whether TH Wildau has contact with Porsche AG because one of his clients wanted to purchase a dealership right. Well, in an email I have forwarded to Ungvari a 2.2million USD bank balance which came from the Chinese dealership. Later in 2014. Ungvari sent me a message about “one of his buddy asked him to pay big price: he must nominate one of the Porsche bosses as an honorary doctorate.” I forwarded this message to the lawyer of Dentons and we deservedly expected he will show someone from the Porsche AG to us. I took Ungvari to Kunming, China in Dec. of 2014, and he worn the TH Wildau brooch and signed as the consultant for the local car dealer company. Many common photos have made there but after that visit he simply did nothing and showed nothing about his allegedly “Porsche Boss” connection. I was forced to tell lies to my business partner, because we were the representative of this German state institution. How can we say to our partners that our German institution’s leader is reliable as a Trabant car…?
When things turned worse?
I think it was the year of 2015. Just after the Porsche case, I have sent many complains to Ungvari. Because I have received many complaints from my business partners in China as well. One of the complaints is about that TH Wildau sent a Russian family to China as teacher representative and this Russian company (Bossner) openly promoted their cigars. My Chinese partners was shocked. And to my complains, the TH Wildau’s Ungari simply doesn’t provide an answer.
You mean the German state institution simply used your company as a kind of “safety fuse”, which function was to take responsibility for their wrongdoings?
I’m not saying this was the only role they gave out to my Company. But Yes, my company received many complaints against their state institution. And many times, I forwarded the evident claims to Germans and their reaction were indifferent. It’s really like you are in front of a zebra, and they as drivers don’t even look at you and drove through in front of you. I don’t know whether this is the legendary German strictness or not, but it wasn’t a good feeling.
Do you think that what happened with your Company has any role with your Chinese origin?
I hope it has not. Because I never took the German university’s ex-president as a Hungarian person, he spent 30-40 years in Germany so, I can’t consider him as a Hungarian person. But if just because I’m a Chinese origin business owner and a German state institution dares to ignore my rights in a written agreement. Then, I’m sorry. Which Germany is this…?
Have you tried to Solve this case with lawyers?
From the start I tried to solve this case within German education system, my original expectations was that TH Wildau will act by contract and our relationship will end by mutual consent. If this didn’t work. then I still expected the Brandenburg govt or the Federal govt to sit down with me and offer a compensation. I have contacted some German lawyer, but I have no idea how I should solve my case through German law, because how could I say to a German lawyer that here’s a buddy who worked together with Angela Merkel and W.F. Steinmeier and he asked a lot of money from me with his German institution’s email and phones? I really didn’t want to put anyone in jail, because if this is a German business tradition then why should I as a business owner free Germany from its tradition? If the Germans in Germany do their business this way and they have no problems with that, then why should I? The problems here is the German state institution has forgotten to fulfill its written obligations, and I have told them many times, that if Germany is a civilized country then written commitments must to be respected!
What is the worst feeling of this cooperation?
It’s like you have purchased a self-claimed “super green environment protection car” and when you pushed on gas pedal it spews out so much black smoke that you cannot even see the road.
What are your actual claims from German govt?
Earlier In 2018 we had a claim of a 500.000EUR compensation but that was only to legally terminate the contract. Our original claim was about 2.950.000EUR for the losses of breach of contract/reputation/business damage but now we want to walk along on the path and ask for all possible compensation. The current claim is about 100million USD. This include how many times they cheated us and made business without our written consent and the other part is my personal compensation which we had suffered from Germany. This includes me and my family’s personal losses. I wish for nobody to experience the same mad thing which me and my family did. The Germans simply took away 5 years from our life, destroyed our business networks and even worse they destroyed our trust in fair business.
Are they willing to pay compensation to you?
No, and this is what make this story really mad. Some months before a German lawyer sent by TH Wildau threatened me that I was defaming their German institution and this is against the German law, in my reply I sent to them hell. So, after this a policeman from Konigs Wusterhausen only some km from Wildau sent me a letter about I blackmailing this German state college, I sent him to hell as well. So, now the Wildau court came to threaten me that I have coerced TH Wildau’s Ulrike with an email that is about to release our business debate. So, this is the strict Germany of today, if you release your business debate publicly about Germany, that means blackmail, coercion, defamation or all these things together.
But, please…, why Germany unable to make transparent business? I don’t know what those prof.dr.s may actually do in this German state institution and the German Federal Ministry of Education. A German state official signed a contract which they’re unable to fulfill and then the whole country tries to play bully with a private company? Is this a country of Europe or a country of the “middle east”?
Do you think those money which you requested by Ungvari to pay is a money for himself or he gave these money to others as well?
Well, I breathed up a little in 2017 to hear the news that a new University’s president will take the position. I expected that this new president will meet with me and arrange things in order because under Ungvari’s presidency this school worked as a “Russian roulette”. But surprisingly, since 2017 the new President has never asked us to meet and yet, we still were their official representative in China.
It’s like you have a valid franchise agreement from McDonalds but they simply forget to transport the hamburgers, drinks, and marketing materials and everything for you. Meanwhile you have told to a whole country that you a McDonalds restaurant. Absurd! In 2018 our contract was still valid, but this new president prevent us to contact her. And when we claimed that we will ask help publicly, she went to the neighbor’s police station to shout, ‘A wolf!. So, I really don’t want to guess about Ungvari took all money for himself or if this money was shared with others. This Germany for me is madder than the Joker movie.
Do you have any other experience from Germany?
Yes, in 2015 my uncle tried to establish business in Frankfurt, a team of German-Chinese businessman and German lawyers promised him to arrange his business. He travelled from Sydney to Frankfurt, spent 20000-30000EUR cash and after 2 months he simply told me that his visit was a waste of time, the local Germans simply scammed him. No comment.
Why do you think the German govt and its institutions let the things escalate to the way they are today?
My first guess is they considering on all foreigners like refugees, it doesn’t matter that you are just a
businessman and you just wanted do business with them and then go away. Somehow, they think you are been blessed with the company of Germany. So, what’s in the contract is not important, because everything they perform is a “gift for you”. You should be glad if you have received 0.1% of your contractual rights. My second guess is this country simply just mad as their leaders. I heard opinions about what Angela Merkel types of problem solving is about “doesn’t matter how big is the problem, just don’t react, maybe things will be solved by itself.” Well if a country’s govt really thinking this way, I think its institutions will follow as well. My third guessing is Germans have some problem with reality perception. If you have read their history… It’s not too hard to imagine this.
Is there any other way to end this case between you and German Govt.?
Yes, here is the deal: I can give up all of my claims. I don’t need that 100 or maybe 200 million USD compensation if A. Merkel and W.F. Steinmeier as the top German politicians give me a detailed apology
in writing, which must include their role in a such mad and corrupt case could even happened in an European country.
Why you didn’t report them in German Police or Interpol?
Well, as I said, I came for business and I don’t want to put anyone in jail, just because the practice which I have experienced maybe a German tradition… That’s ok for me if they fulfill their contractual obligations. (!) I’m a businessman, my task is doing business, and if a German high ranked prof. dr. tells me that without “paying a charge” there will be no partnership, I can accept it if they fulfill their obligations. It’s only a question of is this business worth it to do or not. It’s not my task. For example, if we represented a U.S. University and their president showed me, he has worked together with Barack Obama and Donald Trump as well and if he said to me to pay a “partnership money”, I still won’t run to the FBI at the very first time…
What was the biggest surprise for you from the Germans?
Well, in the very early days when we were sent to China by Germans. It was very shocking experience for me that how many Chinese business owners refused to cooperate with our German project. And many of them were really unfriendly. I remember one education related business owner who met me in Beijing, simply complained 2 hours against Germans, and he actually warned me to not do business with them. So, it’s my hard work that this German institution even receiving paying students from China.
On which court you want to sue the German govt.?
“Somehow” I have just lost my trust in Germany as whole. So, what I want is move my case to a U.S. court or international court or at least another EU state court. Currently we have contacted the Court of New York. Our company has used Gmail since 2010, so the main evidence is stored electronically by an American company. Our contract is in U.S. format just marked German law as governing. But without limitation on the jurisdiction of courts.
If you won the lawsuit against Germany, will you keep it all?
First, I will use this money to compensate my ex business partners who deeply disappointed in me because my company represented this German state institution. And I also want to establish a foundation to help children across the world to receive a better education.
Will you do business again in Germany?
Definitely won’t. And even no more German products. Maybe I will keep buying stuffs in Aldi and Lidl because they’re everywhere. But speak from the heart, I’ve enough of Germany, for a lifetime.
When your book Prof.Dr.Bullshit will be available?
As soon as I receive my main sponsorship, which is about 500.000USD. I want to release my book in 3 languages: English, Chinese, and German. I promise that I will provide a dedicated free copy to TH Wildau and the German govt. This book will be as HUGE as the VW scandal. You can follow the actuals at here: profdrbullshit.com
Do you have any offer from Law firms?
Yes, but I want a better deal. And here is the deal, I need a big law firm who help me to sue the German state institution and the German govt. I provided the whole story from the past 7 years and all the evidence, and they should manage my claims. And in the end, we can have half of the profits. As I know that between 2014-2018 TH Wildau established a lot of cooperation in Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing and everywhere in China, they just forgot to ask permission from my Company, because according to the contract these rights belong to us. And I won’t forget they used lawyers and police to threaten me. So now, after these Germans showed their skills out of spite, I want them to pay the compensation me until the last penny.
How can they contact you?
Profdrbsh (a) gmail.com