March 2, 2022

HMM: Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder loses entire staff after refusing to resign from Russian energy company boards.

The entire staff of Gerhard Schroeder, the former German chancellor who is close to Russian President Vladimir Putin and an advocate of increasing Russian natural gas exports to Germany, has resigned in protest over his ties to the Kremlin.

The employees quit because they were embarrassed by Mr. Schroeder’s prominent roles at three Russian gas and pipeline companies, according to German media reports.

Those roles had enraged many Germans even before Russia invaded Ukraine last week.

Yes, the extent of his sellout was even noted at the time, but no one was willing to make much of an issue of it then.

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