For those who haven't read "Gerhard Schröder: The Biography," Germany's former chancellor is known as a reformist. Many poorer Germans might remember Schröder as the leader who instituted the Hartz concept.
Born in 1944, the Social Democrat was chancellor from 1998 to 2005. Schröder found himself embroiled in scandal after advocating a pipeline that would benefit Russian petromonopoly Gazprom as chancellor and later accepting an appointment to head the concern's shareholders committee. Policy-wise, Schröder took steps to phase out nuclear power and fund renewables, allowed same-sex couples to enter into civil unions, and gutted Germany's welfare system with the Hartz I-IV program.
The former German chancellor unveiled his top three picks to succeed Merkel. The interview is likely to unsettle his Social Democrats as one notable person didn't make Schröder's shortlist — the current head of the SPD.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan is set to hold greater powers than any other Turkish leader has seen in decades. Former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder was among the dozens of world leaders attending the lavish ceremony.
European politicians have increased calls for sanctions against the ex-chancellor for representing Russian interests. Ukraine's foreign minister said sanctions must target "those who are pushing Putin's projects abroad."