Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
«A friend of the Russian president, former German Chancellor Schröder has been working for the Russian energy industry since he lost to Chancellor Merkel in 2005»
«A Russian government decree published late on Friday night nominated former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to join the board of the Russian energy giant Rosneft»
«The company is majority-owned by the Russian government and has its headquarters near the Kremlin in Moscow.»
«Schröder was nominated as a non-executive director of Rosneft as part of the company’s plans to increase the number of board directors from nine to 11»
«His name was one of seven presented in the decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on the Russian government’s website»
«Rosneft is the world’s largest publicly traded petroleum company and is headed by Igor Sechin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who served as deputy prime minister until 2012. The company has been hit by Western sanctions following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and its support for pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine»
«Rosneft has been hit by Western sanctions»
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Mr Gerhard Schröder, classe 1944, è membro della socialdemocrazia tedesca (Spd): è stato Cancelliere tedesco dal 27 ottobre 1999 fino al 22 novembre 2005.
«Alcuni mesi dopo la fine del mandato politico, accetta la nomina di Gazprom a capo del consorzio Nord Stream AG, che si occupa della costruzione di un gasdotto che collegherà la costa russa nella regione di Vyborg alla costa tedesca nella regione di Greifswald, passando per il Mar Baltico.» [Fonte]
Questo è il giudizio su di lui espresso da Mr Dmitry Medvedev, Primo Ministro della Federazione Russa, e riportato sul sito ufficiale The Russian Government, di cui riportiamo il testo nella versione ufficiale inglese, anche se quella originale russa è alquanto differente.
The Russian Government. 2016-02-11. Dmitry Medvedev’s interview for Handelsblatt, Germany
«Gerhard Schröder is right. He’s absolutely right. It was a mistake. He’s an experienced politician, he headed the German government, but that’s not the only point. His view is fundamentally correct.
I think right now European countries just need to get together and make some difficult decisions. The EU is not a monolithic structure, we all realise that. There are countries that feel phantom pain when it comes to the Soviet Union. They constantly suspect Russia of something. Hopefully, Germany is not one of those countries. The history of our relations went through two bloody wars in the 20th century. However, we are now close partners. Just recently, Germany was our biggest trade partner in Europe» [Dmitry Medvedev]
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Cerchiamo di fare un po’ di chiarezza, nei limiti del possibile.
Sicuramente Herr Gerhard Schröder è uomo di vasta cultura, ampia esperienza politica, grandi capacità e, soprattutto, è una delle poche personalità tedesche che prima di sentirsi aderente ad all’ideologia di un partito sia sente ancora cittadino germanico. Sono queste caratteristiche di non poco conto, specie se poi siano abbinate ad un’intrinseca coerenza: Herr Schröder è una delle poche persone rimaste in Germania che tiene fede a quanto concordato.
Di conseguenza, non si può non concordare con il giudizio umano che su di lui ha espresso Mr Dmitry Medvedev.
Simultaneamente, resta perfettamente comprensibile il gioco politico della Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel, che a parole si presenta come paladina degli accordi di Parigi, come alfiere di altissimi ‘valori‘ etici e morali, e che poi nei fatti vuole il Nord Stream 2 per far convogliare in Germania tutto il gas russo necessario per tutta l’Unione Europea, che vuole schiacciare con i più vari pretesti i paesi del Visegrad per punirli di essersi rivolti al gas naturale liquefatto (Lng) proveniente dagli Usa, che a parole condanna le centrali a carbone e nel contempo ne commissione altre e sempre più potenti. Solo per citare qualcosa. Ma poi nei fatti appesterebbe il mondo pur di far raggiungere alla Germania, comandata da Frau Merkel ovviamente, una supremazia in Europa.
Ciò che invece lascia sempre più stupefatti è l’immane numero dei pecoroni di orwelliana memoria che credono nel ‘clima‘ a livello di integralisti religiosi, e senza guadagnarci uno scudo bucato.
Davvero la Bundeskanzlerin Frau Merkel ogni giorno che passa assomiglia sempre più a Kim Philby.
→ Deutsche Welle. 2017-08-15. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder nominated to Russia’s Rosneft board
A friend of the Russian president, former German Chancellor Schröder has been working for the Russian energy industry since he lost to Chancellor Merkel in 2005. Rosneft has been hit by Western sanctions.
A Russian government decree published late on Friday night nominated former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder to join the board of the Russian energy giant Rosneft. The company is majority-owned by the Russian government and has its headquarters near the Kremlin in Moscow.
Schröder was nominated as a non-executive director of Rosneft as part of the company’s plans to increase the number of board directors from nine to 11. His name was one of seven presented in the decree signed by Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and published on the Russian government’s website.
Rosneft is the world’s largest publicly traded petroleum company and is headed by Igor Sechin, an ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who served as deputy prime minister until 2012. The company has been hit by Western sanctions following Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea region and its support for pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Schröder has publicly opposed the sanctions placed on Rosneft.
SPD party convention speech
In a speech at a Social Democratic (SPD) convention in June, Schröder said he was not anti-American but that: “What happens in the US needs to be openly and harshly criticized.” Schröder no longer holds any active official position in the party.
Schröder signed the Nord Stream pipeline deal on behalf of Germany with Putin during his last days in the chancellor’s office in September 2005, shortly before the federal elections that saw Angela Merkel replace him.
After he left the office he had held for seven years, Schröder began a new career as a businessman in Russia at the head of Nord Stream AG’s shareholder committee from December 2005. In that role he oversaw the implementation of the project to operate the gas pipeline directly linking Russia and Germany, carrying Russian natural gas across the Baltic. His nomination on Friday marks a new high spot in his business career in Russia.
A major state player
Nord Stream AG is a subsidiary of Gazprom, the leading global gas producer which enjoys monopoly rights on gas pipeline exports from Russia. The company is majority owned by the government of Russia, although technically private.
In 2014, during the height of the fighting between pro-Moscow separatists and Ukrainian troops in the east of Ukraine, Schröder celebrated his 70th birthday with Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg at an event hosted by Nord Stream AG.
Rosneft acquired the assets of former oil giant Yukos in a three-year period from 2004 and by last year it had become the 51st largest company in the world with over $60 billion (50.7 billion euros) in sales.
→ Deutsche Welle. 2017-08-15. Rosneft nomination for ex-Chancellor Schröder causes SPD headache
Germany’s Social Democrats are dismayed at former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s nomination to the board of the Russian energy giant Rosneft. The party’s secretary-general, however, is taking the bull by the horns.
Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder is still widely remembered for the comment he made back in 2004 about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s being a “flawless democrat.”
Even then, almost 13 years ago, Putin was not necessarily known for his strict adherence to democratic principles in his country. But Schröder and Putin are still friends to this day. And now, there are reports saying that Schröder has been nominated to the supervisory board of the largest Russian oil company, Rosneft, and may be appointed to it at the end of September.
After Russia annexed Crimea in 2014, Rosneft was put on the European Union’s sanction list. But this does not seem to bother the now 73-year-old Schröder. He has not yet officially confirmed his nomination, however.
Longtime business dealings with Russia
Since 2005, Schröder has championed the Nord Stream Baltic Sea pipeline, which runs directly from Russia to Germany. Nord Stream AG is a subsidiary of Russia’s state-owned gas supplier Gazprom. Schröder’s involvement right after he was voted out of office in 2005 already provoked considerable displeasure in many quarters back then. And now, after reports of the Rosneft nomination, criticism has been harsh as well.
“Shameless,” said the former Green Party leader, Reinhard Bütikofer, now a member of the European Parliament. And the Ukrainian ambassador to Berlin, Andriy Melnyk, said it was morally reprehensible “for a former chancellor and a leading SPD member to be instrumentalized by the head of the Kremlin.”
“I will not comment on the professional future of the former chancellor here,” Steffen Seibert, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, told DW on Monday. He does not have to; the mere news of Schröder’s possible collaboration with Rosneft plays into the hands of Merkel’s and her Christian Democrat Union’s (CDU) election campaign.
But within Schröder’s party, the Social Democrats (SPD), frustration with the former chancellor is growing.
Current polls show that the SPD and its top candidate Martin Schulz are trailing far behind the CDU and the current chancellor, and there are only six weeks to go until the elections. The SPD’s secretary-general, Hubertus Heil, decided to take the bull by the horns when asked about Schröder’s plans, saying, “In the first place, this is Gerhard Schröder’s personal decision. I do not know what he will decide. He won’t let anyone tell him what to do. I only know that after his term as chancellor, Martin Schulz does not intend to work in the private sector.”
“After his term as chancellor”: Heil probably has little choice but to talk that way during an election campaign.
Shock and anger behind closed doors
Other top SPD members are reluctant to discuss Schröder in public, but behind closed doors, they all vent their resentment against him. They say there is despair over Schröder’s “insensitivity”; after all, he once served as chairman of the SPD.
Reports of Schröder’s possible job in Moscow make work for Schulz even more difficult, they say, and many SPD members express rancor at the fact that his pension as former chancellor does not seem to be enough for him.
The general tenor of their remarks is that while the party is working itself to the bone in this difficult election campaign, Schröder is coming along and stabbing them in the back.