Gerhard Schröder, increasingly cornered in Germany for his pro-Russian views, has filed a lawsuit against the lower house of the German Bundestag seeking to restore his privileges as former chancellor, the DPA news agency reported.
Schröder, 78, was stripped of his right to public office in May amid growing consternation over his refusal to distance himself from Russian President Vladimir Putin following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Schröder’s lawyer, Michael Nagel, told the German news agency DPA on Friday that he had filed a lawsuit with the administrative court in Berlin. The Bundestag had no immediate comment when contacted by Reuters.
The lawsuit, seen by DPA, says the decision to close Schröder’s office and reassign the remaining staff “is rather reminiscent of an absolutist princely state in the way it was done” and should not be allowed in a democratic country. constitutional.