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German politician (SPD)wd:Q2530
country of citizenship: Germany
native language: German
language of expression: German
educated at: University of Göttingen
occupation: lawyer, politician, consultant, non-fiction writer
award received: German Media Award, Quadriga, Grand Order of Queen Jelena, honorary citizen of Hanover, Russian Academy of Sciences, Order of the Star of Romania, Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana, doctor honoris causa, ордэн Белага арла, Order of Isabella the Catholic, Lower Saxony honorary medal, Order of the White Lion, Grand Cross of the Order of the Sun of Peru, Grand Cross 1st class of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, honorary doctor of the Tongji University, honorary citizen of Cheb, Order of the Golden Eagle, Order of the Golden Fleece, National Order of Merit
position held: Minister-President of Lower Saxony, Federal Chancellor of Germany, member of the German Bundestag, Member of the Landtag of Lower Saxony, President of the Bundesrat of Germany, chairman of the Social Democratic Party
Gerhard Fritz Kurt Schröder (German: [ˈɡɛɐ̯haɐ̯t fʁɪts kʊɐ̯t ˈʃʁøːdɐ] (listen); born 7 April 1944) is a German politician who served as Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005, during which his most important political initiative was Agenda 2010. 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 and of Rosneft, after having been hired as a global manager by investment bank Rothschild, and also the chairman of the board of football club Hannover 96.
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