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Ex-Chancellor Schröder's wife enters politics

The Local · 9 Jan 2012, 08:33

Published: 09 Jan 2012 08:33 GMT+01:00

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Doris Schröder-Kopf is a former tabloid journalist who last year was appointed to the supervisory board of department store chain Karstadt. She will run for her husband’s party, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD).

The Oldenburg-based Nordwest Zeitung reported on Monday that Schröder-Kopf’s impending candidacy was confirmed by Hannover’s district SPD leader Stefan Schostok.

She will have to first face down state parliamentarian Sigrid Leuschner for the party’s nomination to run, the paper said, adding that both candidates had already started introducing themselves to local groups.

Schröder-Kopf’s former employer, the Bild newspaper, said on Monday that she and Leuschner would be fighting for the SPD nomination to challenge the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) for the Hannover-Döhren seat. The CDU hold it, having got 42 percent of the vote in the 2008 election – compared to the SPD’s 32 percent.

SPD lead candidate Stephan Weil, currently mayor of Hannover is obviously banking on Schröder-Kopf’s celebrity, Bild said – and suggested that SPD insiders had given Leuschner little chance of beating her, even though she has been in the state parliament since 1994.

Bild noted that should Schröder-Kopf get into the Lower Saxony state parliament, it could mark the start of a national political career – Labour Minister Ursula von der Leyen started her political biography there, as state social minister under then state premier Christian Wulff, who is now federal president.

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12:51 January 9, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
since when can horses hold a political office?

joking... back in the day, Doris Schröder-Köpf's nickname here in Lower Saxony was "the horse" because of her somewhat horselike jaw.

So much so that when Schröder moved into his new mansion in the upscale Zoo Quarter in Hanover, people were joking that it was perfect for his wife that she would live near the zoo...
15:49 January 9, 2012 by reallybigdog
@ iseedaftpeople

Can't wait to see what animal your wife looks like? Can you give us a hint is it the naked mole rat, sloth or the infamous tarsier?
16:17 January 9, 2012 by iseedaftpeople

well, as they say here in Germany... getroffene Hunde bellen (rough translation: a dog barks when he's hit). Do tell us what missus reallybigdog looks like :-)
16:59 January 9, 2012 by heyheyhey

The chancellor's wife is an attractive woman. And I would ask you to tell us why you need to make such useless comments about her. Joking, or not, this woman does not deserve your comments. Her jawline is not unlike a number of attractive models. Perhaps there are many ugly people in Lower Saxony who are jealous of this woman? What is your reason for bringing this comment?
17:08 January 9, 2012 by iseedaftpeople
My apologies, it was my impression that light-hearted jokes could be made here about public figures without incurring the instant wrath of the political correctness police. It seems I was wrong.
17:11 January 9, 2012 by storymann
I was never a big fan of Chancellor Gehard Schröder,maybe his wife will be more favorable to me.
17:17 January 9, 2012 by Englishted
In answer to iseedaftpeople's first comment .

Since Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus
18:06 January 9, 2012 by neunElf
I guess Gazprom's and Putin's money must be running out so that it is forcing the Schroeders to find a new revenue stream...
19:01 January 9, 2012 by Englishted
Further to my last comment:

Caligula's horse Incitatus was nearly (or should that be neighly) made a consul of Rome.
19:33 January 9, 2012 by KnechtRuprecht
My impression is that Germany is more politically correct than even the left coast's Bay Area. So be careful with those loose fingertips since they sink ships. Anyways the joke was still funny, especially the part about Incitatus. There's nothing like a family legacy to really make politics even more distasteful.
21:50 January 9, 2012 by Navigator_B
One of the things I like about German politics is that there is practically no nepotism, unlike many other countries all over the world including some other western countries. If she gets elected I hope it isn't just because of who her husband is, because it might be the start of a trend. 

I don't see any other reason why she should get the job. Her jobs working for a tabloid and a department store don't seem like great qualifications to be a politician. It will be hard for her to play that down when she was the one who criticised Angela Merkel for not having the experience to represent most other women because she (Merkel) did not have any children.   
23:13 January 9, 2012 by Grebo
I am sure she was good looking before she had the butcher cut her face all up and sew it back together according to some misguided idea of beauty.
09:15 January 10, 2012 by heyheyhey
Oh Grebo, please get some eye glasses and leave the woman alone.
17:13 January 10, 2012 by zeddriver

Nothing wrong with her. Yes. She has what they call a toothy smile. But so what! She does have great teeth.

@Navigator B

If one wants to see the end results of your line of thinking. Pertaining to her being qualified for politics. Just look at the US and the century long attitude that only elites from the best and richest families should be in politics. We went from a self sufficient nation to one that has to borrow money to buy goods because we no longer have the ability to make them. Is that the kind of highly educated, rich, well bread, qualified folk you mean. I think it's time to return to the citizen politician. rather than the professional ones we seem to be so enamored with
20:52 January 10, 2012 by Navigator_B
The problem with Frau Schröder-Köpf is that she might get elected just by being part of the elite (by marrying into it) instead of an ordinary citizen. If she has proven her ability as an activist or organiser then that would not be a big problem, but I don't see any evidence of that. 
00:56 January 11, 2012 by zeddriver
@Navigator B

I will admit that It's quite a problematic situation. The world wide geo political scene/ Global market place is so overly complex. I imagine that the smartest of us would most likely be left scratching our head wondering how to fix it all. or even just trying to stop the bleeding might not be possible. You try to fix on thing, It then puts something else out of sorts. The law of unintended consequences.

But then! the problem started because the average voter believed and elected the elitists based mostly on the concept of. I'll vote for the guy who promises to give me more of someone else's money. The average voter ends up like a drug addict. They know things need to change. But they just can't be bothered due to the sacrifices that are required.
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