The visit by former chancellor Gerhard Schröder and his wife Soyeon Schröder-Kim to the Russian embassy caused criticism – consequences are now following.
The NRW business development agency NRW.Global Business is separating from Soyeon Schröder-Kim, the wife of ex-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. This was confirmed by the North Rhine-Westphalian Ministry of Economic Affairs. The Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger had previously reported.
“Ms. Schröder-Kim was released with immediate effect and the service contract will be terminated by NRW.GlobalBusiness without notice,” the ministry said. Schröder-Kim worked for the national company as South Korea representative on the basis of a contract originally limited to the end of 2023.
“Previously, NRW.Global Business had repeatedly pointed out to Ms. Schröder-Kim that she would be cautious in public on politically sensitive issues, especially with regard to the Russian war of aggression against Ukraine, and not to comment,” the statement said. Schröder-Kim initially did not respond to a request from the German Press Agency on Tuesday morning.
Criticism after reception in the Russian embassy
Schröder-Kim and her husband were recently criticized for attending a reception at the Russian embassy marking the anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany.
Schröder was chancellor from 1998 to 2005 and party leader of the SPD from 1999 to 2004. After being voted out as head of government, he worked for Russian energy companies for many years and is still considered a close friend of Russian President Vladimir Putin, from whom he did not break away even after the Russian attack on Ukraine. A few weeks after the war began, he even visited Putin in Moscow – allegedly to mediate.
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