Schroeder won't press charges against egg-thrower

27th August 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 August 2004 , BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has decided not to press charges against a women suspected of having hurled an egg at him earlier this week, a government spokesman said Friday. "He had considered doing so but decided against it," said deputy spokesman Thomas Steg, adding the German leader had "personal reasons" for the decision. Steg said state prosecutors were now expected to close their investigation into the incident. On Tuesday, Schroeder narrowly escaped being pelted with

27 August 2004

BERLIN - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has decided not to press charges against a women suspected of having hurled an egg at him earlier this week, a government spokesman said Friday.

"He had considered doing so but decided against it," said deputy spokesman Thomas Steg, adding the German leader had "personal reasons" for the decision.

Steg said state prosecutors were now expected to close their investigation into the incident.

On Tuesday, Schroeder narrowly escaped being pelted with eggs thrown by at least one protester angry over planned government cuts to jobless benefits in the economically hard hit eastern German city Wittenberge.

Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl was hit by eggs on several visits to eastern Germany during the early 1990s. In Halle in 1991 Kohl's bodyguards were almost unable to hold back the burly German leader who lunged at an egg thrower and tried to punch him.

There have been large demonstrations each Monday during the past month over Schroeder's unemployment benefit reform which reduces the length of time full funds can be drawn and for the first time introduces means testing.

Last Monday over 70,000 people took part in protests against the reform known as "Hartz IV", down from 90,000 demonstrators the previous week.

Schroeder insists his jobless benefits reform will not be watered down.

The Chancellor also vows to continue visits to eastern Germany but says his personal security detail has been beefed up.

DPA

Subject: German news
 

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