Aug 12, 2022 - World

Former German chancellor with ties to Russia sues over lost privileges

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Photo: Kay Nietfeld/picture alliance via Getty Images

Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has filed a lawsuit against the German parliament over its decision to strip him of some of his allowances because of his ties to Russia, German wire service DPA reports.

Driving the news: The German parliament's finance committee in May cut funding for Schröder's staff, an annual expense of about 400,000 euros, or $412,000, and office space.

  • The committee also issued a regulation saying former chancellors who don't have ongoing obligations connected to their former role should no longer be given an office, Politico reports.
  • Schröder's lawyer called the decision unlawful and said that it is unclear what "ongoing obligations" mean.

The big picture: Schröder, who was chancellor from 1998 to 2005, has close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the New York Times notes. He was the

  • Schröder has reportedly traveled to Moscow at least two times in recent months, and he's come under fire for calling for negotiations with Putin.

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