SPD Chancellor candidate Scholz: reactions in Germany

In a surprise move this week, Germany's Social Democratic Party, the SPD, got well ahead of the game by announcing that Finance Minister Olaf Scholz will be the party's Chancellor candidate in next year's election. Although there has long been speculation about Scholz's nomination, the choice of candidate has been fiercely disputed in the party. … Continue reading SPD Chancellor candidate Scholz: reactions in Germany

Can the new SPD leadership reverse the party’s decline?

At the end of 2019,  following the departure of its first ever female leader, Andrea Nahles, the SPD elected a new leadership duo.  In a surprise result, little known left-wingers Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans defeated  the favourites, Finance Minister Olaf Scholz and his running-partner Klara Geywitz by 53% to 45%. The election of Esken … Continue reading Can the new SPD leadership reverse the party’s decline?