Gerhard Schröder was the last chancellor of the SPD. In his party he was always controversial. 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 the SPD's seizure of 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 against Angela Merkel in 2005, the party has gone downhill, the label "Volkspartei" seems to no longer apply. What responsibility does the last SPD chancellor so far bear for this decline? How did the unprecedented reform program Agenda 2010 come about in the first place?
Torsten Körner's portrait explores these questions and delves deeply into the biography of Gerhard Schröder, but also into the red-green government period from 1998 to 2005. The result is both an impressive portrait of a politician and a social democratic family history, in which the protagonists still give each other nothing. 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.
First broadcast: Tuesday, 14th of July 2020, 21:45 on arte.