FILE – Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Gerhard Schroeder, former German Chancellor, attend an economic forum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Thursday June 21, 2012. Former German head of state Gerhard Schröder is suing for the reimbursement of the benefits he received as a former man – after he was relieved of the chancellery by parliament after criticism of his relations with Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lavatsky, Poole, FILE)
BERLIN (AP) – Former German leader Gerhard Schröder is suing to reinstate the allowances he received as ex-chancellor after he was stripped of parliament after criticism of his ties with Russia.
Schröder, who was Chancellor from 1998 to 2005, has long maintained close ties to Russian energy companies and President Vladimir Putin. These connections were investigated after the Russian invasion of Ukraine almost six months earlier.
German news agency DPA quoted Schröder’s lawyer, Michael Nagel, on Friday as saying his client had filed a lawsuit in the Berlin Administrative Court to recover necessary funds previously received for his office and employees.
The Bundestag changed the rules in May to combine some of the privileges given to former chancellors with their actual duties. The legislature did not expressly mention Schröder’s relationship with Russia in its decision. But Nagel told the DPA the reasons for the move were clear and would not be challenged in court.
Earlier this week, Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s Social Democratic Party rejected a request to expel Schröder, who on a recent visit to Moscow in late July refused to distance himself from Putin and the Russian leader. have met.
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