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Gerhard Schröder

Gerhard Schröder
Gerhard Schröder (cropped).jpg
Chancellor of Germany
7th Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
In office
27 October 1998 – 22 November 2005
President Roman Herzog
Johannes Rau
Horst Köhler
Deputy Joschka Fischer
Preceded by Helmut Kohl
Succeeded by Angela Merkel
Leader of the Social Democratic Party
In office
12 March 1999 – 21 March 2004
Preceded by Oskar Lafontaine
Succeeded by Franz Müntefering
President of the Bundesrat
In office
1 November 1997 – 27 October 1998
Preceded by Erwin Teufel
Succeeded by Hans Eichel
Prime Minister of Lower Saxony
In office
21 June 1990 – 27 October 1998
Preceded by Ernst Albrecht
Succeeded by Gerhard Glogowski
Personal details
Born Gerhard Fritz Kurt Schröder
(1944-04-07) 7 April 1944 (age 72)
Mossenberg, Lippe, Germany (now Blomberg)
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Eva Schubach (1968–1972)
Anne Taschenmacher (1972–1984)
Hiltrud Hampel (1984–1997)
Doris Köpf (1997–present)
Children Viktoria
Alma mater University of Göttingen
Religion Lutheranism

Gerhard Fritz Kurt Schröder ([ˈɡɛɐ̯haɐ̯t fʁɪts kʊʁt ˈʃʁøːdɐ]; born 7 April 1944) is a German politician, and served as Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005. As a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), he led a coalition government of the SPD and the Greens. Before becoming a full-time politician, he was a lawyer, and before becoming Chancellor he served as Prime Minister of Lower Saxony (1990–1998). Following the 2005 federal election, which his party lost, after three weeks of negotiations he stood down as Chancellor in favour of Angela Merkel of the rival Christian Democratic Union. He is currently the chairman of the board of Nord Stream AG, after having been hired as a global manager by investment bank Rothschild, and also the chairman of the board of football club Hannover 96.

Schröder was born in Mossenberg, Lippe (today an outlying centre of Blomberg, North Rhine-Westphalia). His father, Fritz Schröder, a lance corporal in the Wehrmacht, was killed in action in World War II in Romania on 4 October 1944, almost six months after Gerhard's birth. His mother, Erika (née Vosseler), worked as an agricultural laborer so that she could support herself and her two sons.



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