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Schulz, Merkel Slam Ex-Chancellor Schroeder's Nomination for Rosneft's Board

© REUTERS / Morris Mac MatzenFormer German Chancellor and SPD member Gerhard Schroeder joins the campaign trail in Rotenburg, Germany, August 30, 2017
Former German Chancellor and SPD member Gerhard Schroeder joins the campaign trail in Rotenburg, Germany, August 30, 2017 - Sputnik International
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During the election debates, broadcast by ARD, German Chancellor Merkel and Chief of the German Social Democratic Party Schulz criticized the decision of former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to work for Russian oil giant Rosneft.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Leader of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) Martin Schulz and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday criticized former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder for intending to enter the Board of Directors of Russian oil company Rosneft.

"I think, that Gerhard Schroeder should not have accepted the mandate of Rosneft," Schulz said during TV debates aired by the ARD broadcaster.

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Merkel meanwhile said that Shroeder's decision undermined the EU sanctions regime against Russia.

In August, the Russian government named Schroeder as one of the candidates for the Rosneft board of directors. Immediately after the announcement, Schroeder faced sharp criticism, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling Schroeder's intention to work for Rosneft "abnormal."

On August 31, Rosneft approved Schroeder's candidacy. According to Rosneft materials, the full list of candidates comprises 11 people, including Schroeder, as well as the incumbent members of the board.

Elections will be held at a shareholders’ meeting on September 29.

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