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DEVELOPING Schulz out as German Social Democrat head; Nahles gets nod to succeed

Europe
13.02.2018
By our dpa-correspondent and Europe Online    auf Facebook posten  Auf Twitter posten  
Berlin (dpa) - The convulsions in Germany‘s Social Democrat party (SPD) took a further turn on Tuesday as failed chancellor candidate Martin Schulz announced his immediate resignation as party head.

Moments later, the party‘s top leadership announced that it had given its backing to Andrea Nahles, who heads the party‘s legislative delegation, to take over as chairwoman. She now awaits an election by the full party membership on April 22.

The SPD has been in turmoil after its support dropped to a historic low in September elections. After initially refusing to consider a renewed coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel‘s conservative bloc, it agreed to one last week.

However, that decision quickly destabilized Schulz - who was brought in from a European Parliament position last year to reinvigorate the party - because he initially planned to be foreign minister in the new government, despite earlier promises to never serve in a Merkel government.

 

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