Kneisslwho now lives in France, wrote on Twitter that she informed the group in March that she would no longer be available after the end of her one-year mandate.
It is the first time that sanctions are to be imposed by the EU against its own citizens. However, Parliament’s vote is not (yet) binding for the EU states. The decision on this lies with the member states. However, the vote increases the pressure on the responsible EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the Foreign Affairs Representative Josep Borrell to submit a proposal for the inclusion of Kneissl and Schröder on the EU sanctions list.
The German Bundestag, meanwhile, has already reacted with its own sanctions – and deprived Gerhard Schröder of some of his special rights as a former German chancellor (as reported by eXXpress). What Karin Kneissl is going to face now remains to be seen – it is certain that – if she actually gets on the sanctions list and this is accepted – assets of the politician, who has already described herself as a “political refugee”, could be frozen.