“The EU’s political structure cannot remain static,” Schröder said on November 7th, “We need… to press ahead with Europe’s political unity, towards a kind of European federation.” He also called for a single EU finance minister, but he said:  ”The problem has a name, and that’s Britain. As long as the British block these moves, nothing will happen.”  Before I say ‘thanks Gerhard’, I am going to quote this article from the Guardian newspaper in 2005:

“Germany’s former chancellor Gerhard Schröder was yesterday at the centre of damaging allegations of sleaze over his decision to accept a lucrative job with Russia’s biggest company.  Opposition MPs joined forces to denounce Mr Schröder – who last week confirmed that he was to become chairman of state-controlled Russian giant Gazprom’s North European Gas Pipeline company. Mr Schröder was accused of bringing German politics into disrepute and of “cronyism” and “corruption”. Mr Schröder signed the controversial pipeline deal for a $6bn (£3.4bn) gas link between Germany and Russia under the Baltic Sea with Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, just two weeks before leaving office.”

Thanks Gerhard, but I don’t want to be in your club.

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