Monday, April 10, 2006

Dirty politician

Some politicians are really disgusting. They seek more efficiently for their own benefits more than for people's. It's so ridiculous. The following is excerpted from

Germany's former chancellor, Gerhard Schröder, has left Berlin's corridors of power, but he reappeared in the city's headlines in early April. He was caught defending his new post as the chairman of a Russian-led consortium to build a gas pipeline that runs from Russia to Germany. German opposition politicians complain of a conflict of interest, as Mr Schröder not only helped to launch the consortium—the North European Gas Pipeline—last September while he was still in office, but also his government approved a €1 billion ($1.2 billion) loan guarantee for the project. Many also worry about Germany growing too dependant on Russian oil.

The former chancellor insists that talks for him to take over the consortium took place after he left office, and that he did not know of this guarantee (a claim his critics said is "hardly believable"). He has won a court order to prevent criticism of his new job, but politicians are still calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the matter. Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, worked with Mr Schröder to create the consortium, which is fronted by Gazprom, Russia's gas giant, together with E.ON, a German energy firm, and BASF, a German chemical company. Work has already begun on the pipeline.


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