Former German chancellor sues government
(MENAFN) Gerhard Schroeder, a former German chancellor, has filed a lawsuit to recover funding for his office and staff. His attorneys informed broadcaster NDR on Friday that the privileges had been revoked in May by the Bundestag's budget committee.
Schroeder has come under heavy fire for his cooperation with Russia ever since the beginning of Moscow's military offensive in Ukraine. However, when the budget committee approved the motion to revoke some of his privileges, it made no mention of his alleged close ties to Moscow.
The new policy, which also applies to other former chancellors, officially states that funding will be determined by "ongoing obligations from the office" rather than the recipient's status. The Berlin Administrative Court received a lawsuit from Schroeder's attorneys on Thursday, claiming that "the decision to deny former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder his staffing is contrary to the rule of law."
One of the legal team members emphasized in an interview with NDR that Schroeder was not even given the opportunity to address the committee or speak with its chairman Helge Braun. According to the attorney, this is "clearly a violation of human dignity."
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