BERLIN – The office director of former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has resigned due to his boss’s refusal to give up lucrative positions at Russian gas companies.
Albrecht Funk, who has been Schröder’s office director for more than 20 years, decided last week to quit after Schröder failed to heed his advice to step down from roles at gas companies Rosneft and Gazprom after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in German pioneer portal report Tuesday.
According to the report, a total of four employees, including Funk, have quit their jobs at Schröder’s office because of the matter.
Last week, the former prime minister of the Social Democratic Party be censured Putin’s fight via LinkedIn, but still insists that “both sides made mistakes”, in his stance that NATO expanded too far east after the end of the Cold War, thus provocative Kremlin.
Schröder’s half-hearted condemnation comes after weeks of mounting pressure to immediately end his entanglement with Russian gas interests – pressure he has resisted to date. .
From there, the growing demand caused Schröder to be stripped of all the benefits a former chancellor enjoyed in Germany, including nice pension payments.
Over the weekend, Lars Klingbeil, co-leader of the Social Democratic Party, called on the former prime minister to cut ties with the Kremlin. “It is overdue to end business relations with Putin,” he wrote on Facebook. “I expect this explicitly.”
Germany’s hardline policy towards Russia led to the invasion, with consequences throughout society.
On Tuesday, the Munich Symphony Orchestra fired conductor Valery Gergiev after he refused to separate himself from Putin, while football club Schalke 04 ended its partnership with Gazprom on Monday.
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