Producer
Director
Torsten Körner
Producer
Leopold Hoesch
Genre
Politics
Broadcaster
arte
Length
1 x 52'
Editor
Year
2020
Gerhard Schröder
Schlage die Trommel

Gerhard Schröder was the last chancellor of the SPD. He was always controversial in his party. For some he was an ego player and careerist, for others he was a gifted campaigner and successful moderniser. It is undisputed that his popularity played a decisive role in bringing the SPD to power in 1998. But what remained of the Red-Green project that ended so abruptly in 2005? The Agenda reforms, the energy turnaround? The identity crisis of the SPD? Since Gerhard Schröder's defeat by Angela Merkel in 2005, the party has gone downhill, the label "people's party" no longer seems to apply. What responsibility does the last SPD chancellor bear for this decline? How did the unprecedented Agenda 2010 reform programme come about?

Torsten Körner's portrait explores these questions, delving deeply into the biography of Gerhard Schröder, but also into the Red-Green government from 1998 to 2005. The result is on the one hand an impressive portrait of a politician and at the same time a social democratic family history in which the protagonists to this day give nothing to each other. The interview partners are high-ranking: Sigmar Gabriel, Oskar Lafontaine, Franz Müntefering, Gesine Schwan, Renate Künast, Joschka Fischer, Jürgen Trittin, Otto Schily, Martin Schulz, Markus Lüpertz, Hubert Védrine, Jonathan Powell, Gerhard Schröder, Soyeon Schröder-Kim.

Gerhard Schröder - Beat the drum

Gerhard Schröder was the last chancellor of the SPD. He was always controversial in his party. For some he was an ego player and careerist, for others he was a gifted campaigner and successful moderniser. It is undisputed that his popularity played a decisive role in bringing the SPD to power in 1998. But what remained of the Red-Green project that ended so abruptly in 2005? The Agenda reforms, the energy turnaround? The identity crisis of the SPD? Since Gerhard Schröder's defeat by Angela Merkel in 2005, the party has gone downhill, the label "people's party" no longer seems to apply. What responsibility does the last SPD chancellor bear for this decline? How did the unprecedented Agenda 2010 reform programme come about?

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