Everything that was happening at the time points to Gerhard Schroeder telling the truth here.
The central EU nations wanted to allow the UN weapons inspection process to work it's way to conclusion and certainly didn't want to attack Iraq based upon unsubstantiated allegations. They made this all quite clear publicly and often. It's why Bush-43 had to resort to the "Coalition of the Willing."
Germany was never willing to just go along.
Bush was in a huge hurry to do away with Saddam Hussein to show both Saddam and his father, Bush-41, and for a number of reasons of ego and mixed, confused, often extremely simplistic, shallow emotions.
Mr Schroeder responded to Mr Bush's claims, accusing him of "not telling the truth".
In a statement, he confirmed that he had told Mr Bush he would "stand reliably on the side of the US" if it was confirmed that Iraq was sheltering those responsible for the September 11 terrorist attacks.
"But this link, as it became clear during 2002, was false and contrived. This goes for reasons [for the invasion] given by Bush and [then vice-president Dick] Cheney too. "
As we know today, the Bush administration's reasons for the Iraq war were based on lies."