“The past cannot be ‘overcome’. It is the past. But its traces and, above all, the lessons to be learned from it extend to the present.”
“I Express My Shame” speech, Berlin, Germany, Tuesday 25 January 2005
Gerhard Fritz Kurt Schröder was born on 7 April 1944. He is a lawyer and was Chancellor of Germany from 1998 to 2005. His government was a coalition between the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) and the Greens, a party that has a large following in Germany.
After the 2005 federal election and many weeks of clinging on to almost non-existent power where he was angling for joint leadership, he stood down as Chancellor in favour of rival Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union.
On 1 August 2004, the 60th anniversary ...