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Discussion of necessity – Kubicki questions years of funding for Merkel’s office

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Should the offices of the former chancellors be fully equipped for years to come? The FDP politician Wolfgang Kubicki has doubts about the financing – not only for Gerhard Schröder, also for Angela Merkel.

Bundestag Vice-President Wolfgang Kubicki questions the current standard of equipment in the state-financed offices of former Chancellors. “I think it is essential to have a fundamental discussion about the extent to which these follow-up offices of Federal Chancellors must be fully staffed for decades to come,” said the FDP politician to the editorial network Germany (RND/Wednesday). “Therefore, the question is justified as to whether Chancellor Merkel needs an office with double equipment on a permanent basis, while there is a time limit for the higher-ranking Presidents of the Bundestag.”

He understands that the community pays special tribute to its top representatives after their work, said Kubicki. “But I have my doubts as to whether this recognition – apart from the office of Federal President – has to be valid for life.”

Former chancellors receive equipment, such as offices and staff. The topic was recently discussed with a view to Gerhard Schröder (SPD), who has been criticized for his work for Russian energy companies. Last year, 407,000 euros flowed from the state treasury for personnel expenses in the office of the former chancellor. Schröder was Chancellor from 1998 to 2005.

The Parliamentary Director of the Greens, Irene Mihalic, told the RND: “Discussions are currently taking place about revising the rules for the appointments of former Chancellors.” This reform would then also affect Schröder, she explained.

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