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Drunk Ukrainian politician detained at Frankfurt airport

An intoxicated Ukrainian Interior Minister Yuriy Lutsenko and his son Oleksandr caused a scene at the Frankfurt airport this week when a German Lufthansa pilot refused to allow them onto a plane, daily Bild reported on Wednesday.

Drunk Ukrainian politician detained at Frankfurt airport
Yeah! Thumbs up! A file photo of Lutsenko at a campaign event. Photo: DPA

Both Lutsenkos arrived from Kiev to catch a flight to Seoul on Monday evening, but the 44 and 19-year-old passengers were so drunk that they would be a “security risk” on the flight, the paper said.

“It was a big scene,” a witness told Bild, which reported the two shouted and threw their mobile phones as police arrived.

Officers called for backup as the situation descended into a brawl and police made what the paper called a “hard arrest,” cuffing the especially wild junior Lutsenko – who reportedly tested positive for a stiff 0.3 percent blood alcohol content.

His father avoided an alcohol test by showing his diplomatic identification, the paper said.

Lutsenko then demanded that German officials apologise to him, refusing to leave a detention area through the front door.

Vice police president for the state of Hessen arrived as what the paper called an “angel of peace” around midnight. The two negotiated for more than an hour, agreeing that there would be no official report on the incident.

The two men were released and flew on to Seoul late on Tuesday night, Bild said.

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POLITICS

Ex-chancellor Schröder sues German Bundestag for removing perks

Former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder has sued the German parliament for removing some of his official post-retirement perks over his links to Russian energy giants, his lawyer said Friday.

Ex-chancellor Schröder sues German Bundestag for removing perks

Schröder, 78, has come under heavy criticism for his proximity to Russian President Vladimir Putin and involvement with state-backed energy companies.

The decision to suspend Schröder’s taxpayer-funded office and staff in May was “contrary to the rule of law”, Michael Nagel, told public broadcaster NDR.

Schröder “heard of everything through the media”, Nagel said, noting that the Social Democrat had asked for a hearing before the budget committee responsible but was not given the chance to express himself.

READ ALSO: Germany strips Schröder of official perks over Russia ties

Schröder’s lawyers filed the complaint with an administrative Berlin court, a spokesman for the court confirmed.

In its decision to strip him of the perks, the committee concluded that Schröder, who served as chancellor from 1998 to 2005, “no longer upholds the continuing obligations of his office”.

Most of Schröder’s office staff had already quit before the final ruling was made.

Despite resigning from the board of Russian oil company Rosneft and turning down a post on the supervisory board of gas giant Gazprom in May, Schröder has maintained close ties with the Kremlin.

The former chancellor met Putin in July, after which he said Moscow was ready for a “negotiated solution” to the war in Ukraine — comments branded as “disgusting” by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Last week, the Social Democrats concluded that Schröder would be allowed to remain a member after he was found not have breached party rules over his ties to the Russian President.

Schröder’s stance on the war and solo diplomacy has made him an embarrassment to the SPD, which is also the party of current Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

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