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Germany strips ex-chancellor Schroeder of official perks over Russia ties

In this photo from September 29, 2017, former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder speaks at a briefing in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Olga Maltseva/AFP)
In this photo from September 29, 2017, former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder speaks at a briefing in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Olga Maltseva/AFP)

BERLIN — Germany removes official perks accorded to former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, assessing that he has failed to uphold the obligations of his office by refusing to sever ties with Russian energy giants.

“The coalition parliamentary groups have drawn consequences from the behavior of former chancellor and lobbyist Gerhard Schroeder in view of the Russian invasion of Ukraine,” the parliament decides.

“The office of the former chancellor shall be suspended,” it adds.

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