Former chancellor’s wife follows into German politics

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Former chancellor Gerhard Schroeder’s wife said she is entering German politics and wants to win a regional state assembly seat next month to fight for pay equality but insisted she has no higher political aspirations.

Coming out of the shadows of her husband, who was chancellor from 1998 to 2005, Doris Schroeder-Koepf told Der Spiegel news magazine that she also wanted to focus on improving the integration of foreigners in her state of Lower Saxony.

“One chancellor in the family is enough,” Ms Schroeder-Koepf, 49, said in the interview published yesterday when asked if US secretary of state Hillary Clinton served as a role model.

“I do know what it means to be chancellor,” she said “From a physical point of view I just couldn’t do it. You need to be more robust than I am.”

Ms Schroeder-Koepf, a soft-spoken woman who largely avoided the public spotlight until now, is a state assembly candidate for the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) in the Jan. 20 election in Lower Saxony.

Schroeder-Koepf, who was a journalist before marrying the former chancellor, said she wants to fight for gender