Germany admits reversing advantages granted to Gerhard Schröder, close to Putin

The German government admits reversing the advantages granted to former Social Democrat chancellor Gerhard Schröder, close to Vladimir Putin, including the allocation of cabinets, Finance Minister Christian Lindner said this Saturday.

“It is no longer conceivable that you should be given [a Gerhard Schröder] by taxpayers funds for offices”, said the German finance minister, in statements to the media group Funke, quoted by AFP.

For the ruler, “consequences” should be drawn from Schröder’s refusal to end his responsibilities in various Russian groups and to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

As a former chancellor, a position he held between 1998 and 2005, Schröder is still entitled to several spaces in the Chamber of Deputies and a staff budget, a privilege that costs taxpayers 400,000 euros a year.

“Former incumbents, who are obviously on the side of criminal governments, cannot count on the support of the state,” Lindner said.

The benefits granted to the former chancellor could thus be reduced in the context of the upcoming debates on the 2023 budget.

“It would be sensible to standardize the equipment of former high-level holders and reduce it over time. In this context, one should also speak of a kind of code of honor with regard to behavior,” added Lindner, president of the liberal FDP party and member of the coalition led by Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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