“No question about it. Personal advancement – the desire to advance myself, to advance my social standing – has played a crucial role in my life. I became interested in politics because I saw it as a way to shape society. Not being told what to do but helping determine what to do – this was the idea that motivated me most of all.”
Gerhard Schröder, interview with DLF-Radio
Gerhard Schröder was the seventh Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany, a position he held from 1998 to 2005. His chancellorship was marked by extensive social and regulatory reforms, as well as a growing awareness of Germany’s global responsibility. After he left political office Gerhard Schröder resumed work as a lawyer in a private firm in Hanover and accepted a number of honorary positions. He is also the chair of the shareholders’ committee of Nord Stream AG, a European-Russian consortium that built and operates a natural gas pipeline between Western Europe and Russia. Schröder is married to Doris Schröder-Köpf. The couple has three children and lives in Hanover.