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In the 1980s Scholz was spied on by Stasi agents

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The Stasi has apparently been collecting data on the current Federal Chancellor for years and has dispatched foreign agents to deal with him. As deputy Juso chairman, he had traveled to the GDR several times.

The GDR State Security has been collecting information and filing files about today’s Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz during his time as a Juso politician in the eighties. The Federal Archives confirmed on Thursday in Berlin on request that it had transmitted Scholz’s Stasi files to the “Bild” newspaper. According to “Bild”, the file relates both to trips to the GDR and to spying on the politician and lawyer in Hamburg.

The newspaper reported that Scholz, as deputy chairman of the Young Socialists, had traveled to the GDR several times at the invitation of the FDJ. Upon entry, the invited delegation did not have to make a compulsory exchange and passed the border without customs control. In 1988, the GDR border guards at Friedrichstrasse station had received prior instructions for “polite clearance”.

Daniela Münkel, Head of Research at the Stasi Records Archive, told the newspaper: “The Stasi Department XX / 2 was responsible for delegations of Western politicians who were invited to the GDR by the Central Council of the FDJ. This also applied to travel, which Olaf Scholz took to the GDR with a group of Jusos in the 1980s. “

At the same time, Scholz was observed by the GDR foreign espionage in Hamburg, continues “Bild”. Western agents of the Stasi with the code names “Kugel”, “Gustav”, “Giesbert”, “Konrad”, “Holm”, “Heine” and “Udo” reported at least 19 times between 1978 and 1987 about Olaf Scholz and his lawyers. Reported activity in Hamburg. According to information from the electronic SIRA database of the Stasi headquarters, the GDR spy “Kugel”, unmasked in 1993, provided at least twelve reports with references to Scholz.

“The SIRA datasets, in which Olaf Scholz and other members of the Jusos are named, contain information about the Hamburg State Association of the Jusos and the general political currents and disputes within the Jusos at the federal level in the 1980s,” said Münkel der Newspaper.

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