considered here whose statements were made available in the media examined by this paper. Research in this area is based on quotes which can be considered indicative of the groups of actors in question and which describe their interests well. The goal of the present chapter is only to identify the political actors on the basis of the published quotes. 6.5.2 Interest groups These include all organized groups that do not belong to the political system in a narrow sense but that represent public interests. They bundle particular interests in society and reduce diversity. Looking through the source material on which this paper is based, it becomes clear that — in addition to the expected political actors (see below) — different interest groups were quoted in the German media and had a not insignificant impact on public opinion and thus were made visible. Essentially, the following six interest groups have been identified: Public prosecutors' offices Financial publics in Germany and Liechtenstein Tax investigators German Tax Union German Taxpayers Association Representatives of the German private sector VVVVVV Out of the myriad of quotes, only a representative small selection can be made for purposes of this paper. First, the representatives of various public prosecutors' offices must be mentioned, which got the ball rolling, were obviously the driving force in the Zumwinkel case (or at least presented themselves that way and appeared as such in the first few days), and received an astonishing amount of publicity for a justice authority. They willingly answered the media's questions and were always good for snappy and certainly also political statements. For instance, Bochum Senior Prosecutor Bernd Bieniossek said on 19.2.2008 according to the Dow Jones news agency, "Why should our investigators contact Liechtenstein? [...] We would never have gotten help anyway. [..] Of course, it would be better for fair taxation, if Liechtenstein adopted a more cooperative stance." This was a not atypical reduction of reality in the first days of the tax affairs — at the level of public prosecutor's offices, Liechtenstein- German cooperation has been very good for many years. In 2004 to 2007, Liechtenstein received an average of 48 requests for mutual legal assistance from Germany. The distinction that Liechtenstein actually only grants mutual legal assistance in cases of tax fraud, but not in cases of pure tax evasion, was only belatedly made by media reports. The Chief Public Prosecutor in Liechtenstein, Robert Wallner, responded immediately: "If our colleagues in Bochum already have the documents, they don't need me." (Stern, 21.2.2008, 34). Chief Public Prosecutor Wallner was also willing to announce certain conflicts of interest via the media: "I find it disconcerting, to say the least, that German authorities are paying money to a criminal in order to obtain the goods he has stolen." (Reuters, 19.2.2008). Otherwise, the Liechtenstein Office of the Public Prosecutor endeavored to disseminate objective 47