Seven SPD branches want an appeal in the Schröder process


Ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder

At the beginning of August, the arbitration commission of the SPD sub-district Hanover decided in the first instance that Schröder had not violated the party order with his commitment to Russian state-owned companies.


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Hanover In the SPD proceedings against former chancellor Gerhard Schröder, seven party branches have applied for an appeal within the deadline. As the managing director of SPD-District Hanover, Christoph Matterne, announced on Tuesday that the district's arbitration commission would review the documents "in the coming weeks" and discuss them internally.

A date for an appeal has not yet been set. On October 9th in Lower Saxony the state parliament newly elected, the SPDPolitician Stephan Weil is hoping for a third term as Prime Minister.

The party organization procedure, in which the hardest sanction is an exclusion Schroeders from the SPD would be possible, had 17 party branches because of its close ties to Russia set in motion.

At the beginning of August, however, the arbitration commission of the SPD sub-district Hanover decided in the first instance that Schröder had not violated the party order with his commitment to Russian state-owned companies.

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Should there be an appeal, depending on the outcome, the SPD Federal Arbitration Commission could also be considered as a third instance.

Schröder maintains ties to Russia

Schröder is considered a close friend of Russia's president Wladimir Putin and worked for Russian energy companies for years.

In view of Russia's attack on the Ukraine the former chancellor declared that it was Russia's responsibility to end the war. However, the ties to Russia should not be completely severed.

In July he also said he wanted to keep in touch with Putin and did not believe in a military solution in Ukraine. SPD leader Saskia Esken had already suggested to Schröder in April that he leave the party.

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