The wife of ex-chancellor Doris Schröder-Köpf does not intend to throw out the name of her ex-husband. In an interview, she spoke about her relationship with Gerhard Schröder and her separation from the Interior Minister of Lower Saxony.
SPD state politician Doris Schröder-Köpf (59) was married to former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (78) for more than 20 years. Schröder-Köpf gave the magazine “Bunte” information about the relationship between the two ex-husbands. Politically, she defends her ex-husband and highlights his many merits and his legacy. Schröder has done “a lot of good” for Germany in the past, including his “No to the War in Iraq”, which “avoided harming Germany”. Schröder is currently “seen too one-sidedly”.
Doris Schröder-Köpf does not plan to change her last name
Privately, she is said to be in contact with her ex-husband “because of the children” and their relationship was “natural […] not free from tension.” However, she has no intention of giving up the name Schröder in the future. “I had Schröder as my last name for a quarter of a century and it will remain so. It’s my name now. Period,” says Schröder-Köpf.
She is still “on good terms” with her ex-partner Boris Pistorius
Schröder-Köpf parted ways with her partner, Lower Saxony Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (62), earlier this year. When asked why, she referred to the serious open-heart surgery she underwent two years ago. Schröder-Köpf explained: “Since the operation, I have a slightly different view of my life. When you see your own finitude in this way, you might have a stronger need for clarity.” Despite the separation, the two are still “friendly”.
The SPD state politician, who is running for re-election in October, also finds that she has reached an age where she “doesn’t want to waste any more time.” Looking back, she acknowledges: “My life, each time it ends, has been lush. I am very grateful “.