The budget committee decided on Thursday to close its office, as the German Press Agency learned from committee circles. The remaining staff should take on other tasks, according to a proposal by the governing coalition, which found a majority in the committee. However, the former chancellor is still entitled to a pension and to personal protection.
The Christian Democratic opposition would have preferred to have the Social Democratic politician’s pension cut as well. Among other things, she accused Schröder of damaging Germany’s international reputation.
Schröder has been heavily criticized for his contacts in Russia, his closeness to Russian President Vladimir Putin and his positions in Russian state-owned companies. The 78-year-old was Chancellor from 1998 to 2005. He then took on tasks for the pipeline company Nord Stream, Russia’s Gazprom and the energy company Rosneft, among others.
Because he did not distance himself from this after the start of the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, the SPD leadership asked him to leave the party. There are also motions for expulsion from the party.
Until now, former chancellors have been entitled to a pension that depends on their term of office, as well as an office with several employees for life, a driver and reimbursement of travel expenses.