BERLIN — Germany’s former chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, a lobbyist for Russian power firms and a private pal to President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, will lose his government-funded workplace due to his unwillingness to distance himself from Mr. Putin or to stop his posts, a German parliamentary finances committee selected Thursday.
The committee, which meets in personal, justified the transfer by noting Mr. Schröder “no longer fulfills any continuing obligation arising from his office.”
In addition to a beneficiant pension, chancellors in Germany obtain an workplace with a driver, a chief of workers and researchers.
All of Mr. Schröder’s government-paid workers, together with his workplace supervisor and a former speechwriter who had been with him for 20 years, stop quickly after Russia’s invasion due to his reluctance to distance himself from Russian pursuits. The resolution on Thursday means no new workers might be employed. Neither Mr. Schröder’s safety, which is dealt with by federal police, nor his pension might be affected.
The information comes practically a month after The New York Times revealed an interview during which Mr. Schröder defended his ties to Russian power firms and to Mr. Putin. It is the one interview Mr. Schröder has given for the reason that invasion.
But even earlier than that, his get together — the Social Democrats at the moment in energy below Chancellor Olaf Scholz — had been making an attempt to eject him, a gradual and bureaucratic course of that would take months. Similarly, his hometown, Hanover, began proceedings to revoke his honorary citizenship till he gave it up voluntarily.
In early March Mr. Schröder flew to Moscow, the place he met with Mr. Putin in an obvious effort to cease the conflict. Although the German authorities mentioned it didn’t know of the journey beforehand, it welcomed his try at diplomacy. Nothing appears to have come of the assembly, nonetheless, and Andriy Melnyk, Ukraine’s ambassador to Berlin, later labeled the mission as “failed.”
Also on Thursday members of the E.U. Parliament voted to put Mr. Schröder — in addition to different former European leaders nonetheless on Russian power payroll — on future sanctions lists agreed to by the block. The nonbinding decision handed with a clear majority by a present of fingers.