• Germany edition
 
Public funds '17 cars' for three ex-chancellors
Photo: DPA

Public funds '17 cars' for three ex-chancellors

Published: 12 Nov 2012 08:45 GMT+01:00
Updated: 12 Nov 2012 08:45 GMT+01:00

The Social Democrat swiftly moved from politics to lucrative business after losing office in 2005. He took up a well-paid job with Nord Stream, which operates a natural gas pipeline under the Baltic Sea - and which is majority owned by Gazprom.

The other former chancellors also have publicly funded transport, with Helmut Kohl having access to six cars including three Mercedes 600 SEL models, Der Spiegel magazine reported on Monday.

And Helmut Schmidt has access to four, including two fancy Mercedes 420 cdi cars which cost nearly €100,000 each.

The former chancellors' cars have cost the country €1.265 million in purchasing, repairs and use, since they were introduced, Der Spiegel said, although it failed to say how long the publicly funded transport had been available to them.

The federal police, responsible for the personal security of the former chancellors, said such measures were necessary to protect them.

Left MP Gesine Lötzsch said it was ridiculous - "One former chancellor, one car," she demanded.

The Local/hc

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

09:51 November 12, 2012 by BobbyBaxter
€1.265 billion !!!! For chauffeuring an duffer around ..... words fail me.
12:00 November 12, 2012 by Omufu
Not the best use of money. Especially not when you see the state of some of the public institutions around Berlin (like schools), and think about how many German children live in poverty.

I'm sure the Greeks will have a laugh :P
17:42 November 12, 2012 by Englishted
Corrupt on a grand scale ,far to friendly with Gazprom when in power.

I agree with Gesine Lötzsch one car each is more than enough,when you see the fat pensions they also receive ,but austerity is the new watchword for us but not for them .
18:48 November 12, 2012 by Zubair Khan
When it comes to those who govern or had governed the people, all seem to be sailing in same boat, be it developed, developing or under developed countries. Sad and unjust treatment of resources and facilities.
21:24 November 12, 2012 by bwjijsdtd
How about a VW, it's big enough to carry their fishing gear ...
22:28 November 12, 2012 by bhess
I think it's incumbant of the German government to protect their former leaders despite what you feel about them. I feel the same way of our President. If you didn't they would easily be targets for assassination. That would seriously hurt the country's prestige.

Bobby- It's 1.265 Million BTW.
15:29 November 16, 2012 by agbjr
If these former chancellors absolutely MUST have a taxpayer-supported car then supply them with a Trabant; one each and no chauffeur.
07:59 November 17, 2012 by bolly
Be reasonable folks. Each of these gentlemen had to endure state funded food, and lots of it. That impacted on their girth and weight, and their ability to walk. Therefore, a big limousine is essential. But, on second thoughts, a VW transporter suitably fitted out, would probably do the job as well. Seriously though, providing more than one state funded car is clearly over the top and not in keeping with the current economic climate. indeed, it is excessive, full stop!
19:45 November 17, 2012 by raandy
Its amazing how these last years news politicians keep living off the country.
16:46 November 19, 2012 by Floriansamsel
First, I thought this was a joke - but no!

It is high time for some reforms to cut these extras and I demand even more than the left: no car and no chauffeur for former chancellors. They don't need this extra bonus, the pensions are high enough.
Today's headlines
German of the Week
This professor is Putin's favourite German
A photo of Haag by Russian news agency TASS.

This professor is Putin's favourite German

If you read reports from Russian media, you might be forgiven for thinking that Professor Professor Lorenz Haag from Chemnitz (so well-qualified he gets the title twice) is a titan of academia. READ  

Jihadist caught on German shopping trip
The man came from Syria for the shopping trip which included a visit to Aldi. Photo: DPA

Jihadist caught on German shopping trip

An alleged jihadist will go on trial in Stuttgart next week after being caught on a shopping trip to pick up goods for Islamic fighters in Syria. READ  

Kidnapped German 'rescued' in Nigeria
Photo: DPA

Kidnapped German 'rescued' in Nigeria

UPDATE: A German national who was kidnapped by gunmen last Friday in southwest Nigeria has been released, police said on Thursday. READ  

Fall of the Wall - 25 years
See how Berlin has changed since Wall fell
The East Side gallery in Friedrichshain. Photo: DPA

See how Berlin has changed since Wall fell

Germany is gearing up to celebrate 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall on November 9th 1989. The city has changed more than any other in Europe in that time, as these 11 photos of scenes from then and now show. READ  

Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll
Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt. Photo: DPA

Conservatives agree on foreigner road toll

UPDATE: Germany's conservative alliance has finally agreed to charge foreign motorway users a toll and hopes to raise €500 million a year, but critics say their plan isn't roadworthy. READ  

Court gives Autobahn shooter ten years' jail
The Autobahn shooter faces judges at the beginning of his trial in August. Photo: DPA

Court gives Autobahn shooter ten years' jail

A trucker who fired hundreds of bullets at vehicles and drivers on German motorways for years was sentenced to ten and a half years in prison on Thursday. READ  

Soldiers get more cash and flexi-time
The Bundeswehr hopes the reforms will make it a more attractive employer. Photo: DPA

Soldiers get more cash and flexi-time

Germany's military hopes to become the most attractive employer in the country with better pay and more part-time work in a series of reforms agreed by ministers on Wednesday. READ  

Strikes cost Lufthansa €170 million
A passenger waits at Düsseldorf Airport which was hit by a Lufthansa strike last Tuesday. Photo: DPA

Strikes cost Lufthansa €170 million

Lufthansa, Europe's biggest airline, cut its profit forecast for 2015 on Thursday and said a series of pilot strikes in Germany this year had cost it €170 million. READ  

Fall of the Wall - 25 years
'Little Berlin' remembers fall of its wall
Tractors not tanks at Mödlareuth on the Bavaria-Thuringia border. Photo: DPA

'Little Berlin' remembers fall of its wall

Germany, November 1989: Snow falls as an excited crowd breaks through the Wall and people tearfully embrace loved ones after decades of living apart. But this is Mödlareuth - population 50 - not Berlin. READ  

Police in manslaughter trial over woman's death
The two policemen (pixelated) and their lawyers in court. Photo: DPA

Police in manslaughter trial over woman's death

Two policemen in western Germany are on trial for manslaughter for allegedly standing by as a woman was gunned down by her husband. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Want to study in Germany? These are the subjects to choose
Shutterstock
Sponsored Article
Offer: Unlimited airmiles from British Airways
Photo: DPA
Society
Germans are wide of the mark on immigration
Photo: DPA
Society
Halloween: Where are the spookiest spots?
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
Who wants to work in Germany? A third of the world
Photo: DPA
Society
'We can't allow a proxy war on German streets'
Sponsored Article
International School on the Rhine: a legacy
Photo: DPA
Society
QUIZ: How well do you know Germany?
Photo: DPA/Shutterstock
Gallery
11 things Germans are afraid of...
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,532
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd