Germany’s Schroeder loses office amid anger over Russia ties

May 19, 2022, 7:39 AM | Updated: 7:58 am
FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, background left, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder t...

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, background left, and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder talks when German Interior Minister Otto Schily and his Russian counterpart Boris Gryslow overhand a contract about travel easement in Yekaterinburg, Oct. 9, 2003. Germany's three governing parties plan to strip former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of his office and staff after he maintained and defended his long-standing ties with Russia despite the war in Ukraine. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

(AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BERLIN (AP) — German lawmakers agreed Thursday to strip former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder of his office and staff after he maintained and defended his long-standing ties with Russia and its energy sector despite the invasion of Ukraine.

Sven Kindler, a financial policy spokesman for the Greens, one of the governing parties, tweeted that parliament’s budget committee approved a change to the rules that would leave Schroeder’s office “dormant.”

The move was expected after lawmakers with the governing coalition — which is led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats, Schroeder’s party — on Wednesday proposed linking some of the privileges former chancellors enjoy to actual duties, rather than their status as ex-leaders.

To reduce the chances of a legal challenge, the proposal didn’t explicitly mention Schroeder’s ties to Russian companies or to Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ex-chancellor still will be entitled to bodyguards and a pension.

Schroeder, 78, led Germany from 1998 to 2005. He has become increasingly isolated in recent months due to his work for state-controlled Russian energy companies.

He is chairman of the supervisory board of Russian state energy company Rosneft and also has been involved with the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline projects.

Earlier this year, his office staff quit and Schroeder faced a fresh wave of outrage from former political allies after The New York Times quoted him saying that a massacre in Bucha, a community outside Ukraine’s capital, “has to be investigated” but he didn’t think orders to kill Ukrainian civilians would have come from Putin, a longtime friend.

Saskia Esken, the co-leader of the Social Democrats, last month urged Schroeder to leave the party.

Finance Minister Christian Lindner welcomed Thursday’s decision, tweeting that “a former chancellor who today lobbies openly for Putin’s criminal rule shouldn’t be provided with an office by taxpayers for this.”


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Germany’s Schroeder loses office amid anger over Russia ties