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Social Democrats chose Schultz, president of European Parliament to unseat Merkel

Monday, January 30th 2017 - 11:29 UTC
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SPD has governed in a “grand coalition” with Merkel's Christian Democrats since 2013 and is hoping that Schulz can boost its chances of gaining a mandate to govern SPD has governed in a “grand coalition” with Merkel's Christian Democrats since 2013 and is hoping that Schulz can boost its chances of gaining a mandate to govern

Leaders of Germany's Social Democrats have chosen Martin Schulz, for many years president of the European Parliament, as their candidate to unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel. Schulz promised supporters his campaign for September's elections would focus on “hard-working people”.

 The SPD has governed in a “grand coalition” with Mrs. Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) since 2013. SPD is hoping that its choice of Schulz, who will also become the party's leader, can boost its chances of gaining a mandate to govern without the CDU.

Opinion polls suggest the Social Democrats trail the CDU by some margin, although Schulz's personal poll rating compares favorably with that of Mrs. Merkel, who plans to run for a fourth term.

In a speech to 1,000 supporters in Berlin, he spoke of deep divisions in Germany and said he would fight for greater fairness and social unity. “Only with a society that holds together can we be strong”.

Schultz also criticized the Trump administration and Hungary for their attitudes on immigration. Schulz replaces Sigmar Gabriel as leader of the SPD.

Gabriel announced in a surprise move on Tuesday that he was standing down as leader and chancellor candidate after conceding Mr Schulz stood a better chance of leading the party to victory. Gabriel, Germany's vice-chancellor, became foreign minister in a reshuffle on Friday.

A former bookseller, Schulz comes from Aachen near the Dutch border and once wanted to be a professional footballer. His international profile rose in 2003 when he famously clashed in the European Parliament with former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, who likened him to a Nazi concentration camp guard.

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  • Briton

    Its going to be an interesting 2017,

    Democracy at its best...

    Jan 30th, 2017 - 02:47 pm 0
  • DemonTree

    At its worst you mean. Division and hatred, propaganda and misinformation; it feels like we are back in the 30s.

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 08:44 am 0
  • Briton

    if Merkel gets her way, we will be.

    Feb 01st, 2017 - 01:17 pm 0
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