In the summer of 2002 they had a major flamenco Europop fusion hit with “Aserejé” (released as “The Ketchup Song” in the UK and other countries), which reached the top of the charts in many countries including Spain, Portugal, Colombia, UK, Italy, Greece, France, Finland, Turkey, Syria, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Philippines, Switzerland, Germany, Romania, and Australia. However, it failed to hit the Top 40 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.
When Schröder left office Germany had 2,000 troops in Afghanistan, the largest contingent from any nation other than the United States, Britain, France, Canada and after 2 years Afghanistan. German comedian Elmar Brandt, who has made a career out of imitating Schroeder’s voice, has surged up the German charts with his catchy parody of “The Ketchup Song” by Spanish dance trio “Las Ketchup” which was a massive hit across Europe and Latin America this autumn. German impersonator Elmar Brandt’s latest piece of political satire mimicking the German chancellor is currently number one in the German charts.
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“I’ll rip you nerds off, you’ll be overpowered, I’m always in for a surprise,” Brandt, 30, sings in the song. “There is no tax that I can’t collect. I want your bank notes, your sweaters, your cash and your piggy banks. And they may well have reason to worry.
Merkel has confirmed that she is a social democrat just, too. Schröder’s plans after leaving office as Chancellor and resigning his Bundestag seat include resuming his law practice in Berlin and writing a book. He will also be retained by the Swiss publisher Ringier AG as a consultant. He rents an apartment in Berlin while retaining his primary residence in Hanover. As a former Chancellor, he is entitled to a permanent office, situated in Berlin also.
Schröder agreed to cede the chancellorship to Merkel, but the SPD would hold the majority of government posts and retain considerable control of government policy. November Merkel was elected chancellor on 22. Following his election as Minister-President in 1990, Schröder became a known member of the board of the federal SPD.
Following the 2005 federal election, which his party lost, after three weeks of negotiations he stood down as Chancellor in favour of Angela Merkel of the rival Christian Democratic Union. He is currently the chairman of the board of Nord Stream AG, after having been hired as a global manager by investment bank Rothschild. Holger Hansen (17 August 2017), August 2017 at the Wayback Machine Reuters German ex-chancellor Schroeder hits back in Russia row before vote Archived 28. Florian Kolf and Dana Heide (26 October 2016), Mediation Man Schröder Archived 20 August 2017 at the Wayback Machine Handelsblatt.
- In the video to the song, a Schröder puppet sings about his plans to hike taxes on everything from alcohol to hair dye.
- After the elections, neither Schröder’s SPD-Green coalition nor the alliance between CDU/CSU and the FDP led by Angela Merkel achieved a majority in parliament, but the CDU/CSU had a stronger popular electoral lead by one percentage point.
- His father, Fritz Schröder, a lance corporal in the Wehrmacht, october 1944 was killed in action in World War II in Romania on 4, almost six months after Gerhard’s birth.
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On 1 August 2004, the 60th anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, he apologised to Poland for “the immeasurable suffering” of its people during the conflict. He was the first German chancellor to be invited to an anniversary of the uprising. In addition to a friendly relationship with Jacques Chirac, Schröder cultivated close ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, in an attempt to strengthen the “strategic partnership” between Berlin and Moscow, including the opening of a gas pipeline from Russian Dan Marino-Pipelines over the Baltic Sea exclusively between Russia and Germany (see “Gazprom controversy” below). Along with French President Jacques Chirac and many other world leaders, Schröder spoke out strongly against the 2003 invasion of Iraq and refused any military assistance in that enterprise.
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Schröder’s critics accused him of enhancing, and campaigning on, anti-American sentiments in Germany. Since his 2002 re-election, Schröder and Bush rarely met and their animosity was seen as a widening political gap between the U.S. and Europe. Bush stated in his memoirs that Schröder initially promised to support the Iraq war but changed his mind with the upcoming German elections and public opinion strongly against the invasion, to which Schröder responded saying that Bush was “not telling the truth”. October On 11, Schröder announced that he would not take a post in the new Cabinet and, in November, he confirmed that he would leave politics as soon as Merkel took office..
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Brandt has said he wants to represent his country in the song contest that will take place in the Latvian capital on 24th May next year. A song that lampoons German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has shot to the top of the German pop charts. Rebecca Staudenmaier (5 November 2017), Paradise Papers expose tax schemes of global elite Archived 4 March 2018 at the Wayback Machine Deutsche Welle. John M. Broder (9 February 1999), Clinton Lauds King Hussein As Man of Vision and Spirit Archived 15 September 2017 at the Wayback Machine New York Times.