Gerhard Schroeder, who has been criticized in Germany for his pro-Russian views, has filed a lawsuit against the lower house of the German parliament, the Bundestag, seeking to restore his privileges as former chancellor, DPA reports.
Schroeder, 78, was barred from public office in May amid his refusal to distance himself from Russian President Vladimir Putin after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Schroeder’s lawyer, Michael Nagel, told German news agency DPA on Friday that he had filed a complaint with Berlin’s administrative court. Bundestag representatives did not comment on the lawyer’s approach when contacted by Reuters.
The court filing, reviewed by DPA, says the decision to close Schroeder’s office should not be allowed in a democratic country.
While chancellor from 1998 to 2005, Schroeder created and strengthened the relationship with Putin. He called the Russian president a close friend. Schroeder traveled to Moscow in late July for a meeting with Putin, after which he said Russia wanted a negotiated solution to the war in Ukraine. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky described Schroeder’s behavior as “disgusting”.
Following intense criticism, Schroeder stepped down from the board of Russian state oil company Rosneft in May and declined a nomination for a position on Gazprom’s board.
Earlier this week, Schroeder overcame an attempt to be expelled from the party. Representatives of the local branch tried to expel him, but a commission determined that there was no evidence that he had violated party rules.
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