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Martin Schulz resigns as leader of the Social Democrats

Martin Schulz resigns as leader of the Social Democrats

KaffeeklatschFeb 13th 2018by J.C. | BERLINtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconTHE writing had been on the wall for many months. Ever since the general election in September and the Social Democrats’ (SPD) worst result in the history of the federal republic, the clock had been ticking on Martin Schulz’s leadership of the party. At first…

THE writing had been on the wall for many months. Ever since the general election in September and the Social Democrats’ (SPD) worst result in the history of the federal republic, the clock had been ticking on Martin Schulz’s leadership of the party. At first he embraced a return to opposition and the chance to rebuild the party away from the pressures of government. Then in November Angela Merkel’s talks with liberals and greens collapsed and he came close to walking out as colleagues urged him to allow a new “grand coalition” with the chancellor’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU). Then came last week’s deal between the parties, which has prompted something close to a nervous breakdown in the SPD.

At a little after half past six today Mr Schulz finally announced his resignation. “I leave this office without resentment or bitterness”, he said before cameras in the Willy Brandt Haus in Berlin, adding that the SPD needed renewal. He also revealed that the party’s ruling committee had unilaterally nominated Andrea Nahles, its leader in the Bundestag, to be his successor ahead of an extraordinary leadership conference in Wiesbaden on April 22nd.

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