Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke out against EU sanctions against former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (both SPD) because of his activities for Russian energy companies. The Bundestag’s decision to cut Schröder’s state-funded office and staff positions was “logical,” said Scholz at a press conference with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague on Thursday. Further steps “I don’t think are necessary at the moment”.
However, the chancellor asked Schröder to give up his work for the Russian companies. “It would be best if Gerhard Schröder resigned his post.”
The Budget Committee of the Bundestag decided on Thursday that Schröder’s office would be “put on hold”. However, his pension and personal security will not be affected. The European Parliament also voted with a large majority to impose EU sanctions on the former chancellor.
The background to the process are Schröder’s connections to Russia, which have existed for years. He has close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, did not condemn his war of aggression against Ukraine, and has continued to work for Russian energy companies after the war began. (AFP)