Friends and acquaintances are worried about the former advisor

“You know Gerhard Schroeder privately too – how is he?”

Some of the old confidants of the former chancellor didn’t answer that question at all. They stop and think about what they will answer. Can feel anxious. And then they talk at least a little. But please do not mention their names in any way.

One such circle recently wished a former chancellor a happy birthday in his house. How does Schroeder react to something like this? “He’s glad we’re there, and that we’re talking together again.”

Is Putin also discussed in such tours? Yes. Does Schroeder get advice from his friends? Of course, for example he is now giving up his posts in Russia. He should take it easy and enjoy the rest of his life. And he urgently needs to stop giving interviews. With what he recently said to a journalist from The New York Times, he is not doing himself or anyone else any favors.”

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The problem is that Schroeder does not listen to advice of this kind.

At least, the former counselor acknowledges that they are well-meaning. One visitor describes it this way: “He rubs you a little on your back to say goodbye. But you can feel quite clearly: You can no longer reach him.”

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Schroeder has been heavily criticized for not giving up his positions at Russian energy companies despite the Russian attack on Ukraine.

Many old friends are at a loss as to what to do next. Things should not be left as is, as has been said these days, and not only in the circles of the party members involved. Skateboarding with eminent entrepreneurs came to the conclusion that something had to be done. Just what?

Schroeder turned 78 years old on April 7. A big celebration was out of the question. On his 70th birthday, 200 guests attended a reception at Hanover City Hall, which was still an honorary citizen at the time. Today he is no longer only an honorary citizen. It is more isolated than ever.

Gerhard Schroeder can no longer live a normal life

Of course, Schroeder himself is to blame. Of course, most Germans see no reason for sympathy or even pity. Has he not stuffed his pockets full for years?

After the war began on February 24, Schroeder chose to ultimately remain in the public eye as an employee of a war criminal. Of all his mistakes in relation to Russia, this was the worst. In doing so, Schroeder harmed not only himself and not only his party, but the whole of Germany.

However, Schroeder is now receiving a severe punishment for this. The former chancellor could no longer lead a normal life in the country he ruled from 1998 to 2005.

Schroeder rarely leaves his apartment in an old villa in Hanover. There is always a risk of running the glove. Tabloid reporters stand guard outside the door. If someone comes to visit, like Sigmar Gabriel recently, they will encounter turning on the camera.

Those close to him say a visit to a restaurant may no longer be a tempting opportunity for Schroeder: “He has to expect the other guests to sit a little further away, and walk away from a former German prime minister as if they were a leper.”

Recently, Schroeder himself made his situation worse in an interview with Catherine Benhold, a New York Times correspondent in Berlin. Penhold brought a freelance photographer with him to Hanover, the French Lady Laetitia Fancon, who lives in Munich.

Visually, Schroeder maintained his composure. Pictures of statesman A. Dr.: Schroeder in front of a portrait of himself, Schroeder between a Willie Brant statue and a piano, Schroeder in front of the heavy wooden door of his office.

In terms of content, Schroeder revealed new vulnerabilities. Of the more than 4,500 words in the article, not a word indicates a new distance from Putin, on the contrary. Schroederig comments on Schroeder about imprisoned Putin rival Alexei Navalny. Penhold asks him that Navalny has been poisoned – Schroeder asks: “Yes, but who?”

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Schroeder also openly defended Putin against allegations of the massacre of civilians in the Kiev suburb of Bucha. Schroeder told the New York Times that he believed the orders did not come from Putin, but from “lower levels.”

Was Schroeder not aware that Putin later openly honored the 64th Motorized Rifle Brigade, which was deployed in Bucha? No, Schroeder’s friends say, these details no longer really reach him. It is now on the road without professional support. Indeed, by that time, all the staff in the former chancellor’s office in Berlin had already turned their backs on him.

Former Lower Saxony Justice Minister Christian Pfeiffer – a longtime supporter of the former chancellor – sees Schroeder’s remarks as evidence of a change in personality that worries him: “The man we see now is no longer the Gerhard Schroeder we remember from his time as chancellor.” In 2003, in a speech Raisi against Germany’s participation in the Iraq war, showed strong independence and clear superiority. “Today, on the other hand, his position on Putin’s war is false solidarity and weakness.”

Others refer to something stylistic. Earlier, as a lawyer and later in politics, Schroeder always cultivated maximum intellectual sharpness. Now he treats himself with a happy mystery – also in conversations with one of the most important newspapers in the world on the most serious topic of this time.

Penhold wrote that in the interview Schroeder drank copious amounts of white wine while mocking his critics. In fact, everyone should hit the pause button at this point and pause for a moment. How seriously should one take political interview statements that appear to have been made under the influence of alcohol?

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For the CDU, Schröder’s topic comes in time for state elections in Schleswig-Holstein (May 8) and North Rhine-Westphalia (May 15). On an internal strategy tour of the federal CDU party in Berlin, electoral activists in both federal states recommended that “the discontent with Schroeder should not be omitted in any speech”. Prime Minister NRW Hendrik Wüst has already begun to interview Schroeder, calling it “disturbing”.

Politicians from the Green Party and the Free Democratic Party are investing and shooting. The leader of the Free Democratic Party, Christian Lindner, is demanding that the former chancellor be removed from his position in the state. Green European politician Reinhard Botkover would like Schroeder to be on the next EU sanctions list.

Even the SPD is distancing itself from Gerhard Schröder

Schroeder’s victory is so popular that even his party cannot break with it fast enough.

SPD headquarters in Berlin no longer offer “Gerhard Schröder coffee mugs” in their online store, which come in a set of 6. Even non-political establishments distance themselves from the new German with a major nod. Popular Berlin bar, Ständige Austausch, is removing the term “Altkanzlerfilet”, which was used to describe a curry dish, from the menu, as will an accompanying Schroeder image.

Saskia Esken, co-chair of the Federal Social Democratic Party, presented the social democratic version of cruelty. And demanded the former chancellor to leave the party as soon as possible and not wait for the party’s expulsion. Esken recommends that Germans try a new perspective: “We must stop looking at Schroeder as an old statesman, as a former chancellor.”

In the circle of Schroeder confidants for decades in Lower Saxony, there is talk of freezing cold. In fact, it is now not so much a political drama as a human tragedy. The former chancellor was an old man who needed help, even if politicians, the media and he himself did not want to admit it: “Gerd actually needs help, but he does not accept it. He has lost his way, but he is still stubborn and believes that he must go through this on his own. ” .

Schroeder himself left a request from the German Liberation Network (RND) unanswered about the great concerns his environment now raises about him.

How far will Schroeder push himself in an irrepressible challenge? Some fear that he will seriously accept Putin’s alleged offer to be elected to the supervisory board of Gazprom in addition to his position at the Rosneft oil company, the deadline of which is June 30.

Schroeder’s critics say the former chancellor simply cannot fill the channel financially. Friends argue that it’s not about money for him, it’s just about prestige: tragically, it’s jobs in Russia that still make him stand out in a world that has completely collapsed for him. It ignores the fact that everyone, including Putin, is now only using it as a toy for their own purposes. Instead, he sticks to the account of the still influential former statesman.

Can Soyeon Schroeder Kim help her husband?

Who brings the 78-year-old back to reality? Soyeon Schroeder Kim, his fifth wife, an economic advisor from South Korea who was born in 1970, doesn’t seem to be helping him much yet. When Schroeder gave the world the impression of a promising mediation mission by visiting Putin in Moscow in March, Schroeder Kim heightened the fall for both. She posted on Instagram a picture of her on the window of a luxury hotel in Moscow, hands clasped in prayer, eyes closed, with Red Square and St. Basil’s Cathedral illuminated in the background. It was as if she was sincerely hoping that her husband would change the course of history at these supposedly fateful hours.

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In fact, talks with Putin came to nothing, and members of the Ukrainian government, shaking their heads, spoke of a “tragedy”.

Who or what provides relief in such a situation? In May 2020, Kim Schroeder spoke surprisingly candidly as a guest on the “NDR Talk Show” about drinking wine with her husband: “You can only get to know red wine with him. I’m not a fan of wine now, but I only drink so my husband drinks less.”

For a while, you could see photos on Instagram of both glasses flying happily. Schroeder Kim has not posted photos of this type for a long time. Friends also see this as a bad sign.

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