Can Martin Schulz beat Angela Merkel?

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Series Details No. 113, April/May 2017
Publication Date 20/03/2017
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Angela Merkel has steered Germany through various crises over her 12 years in office, and was on course to add another four after the forthcoming elections in September 2017. But former European Parliament President Martin Schulz has now put such certainties in doubt. His party, the Social Democrats (SPD), has closed a large 15 point gap with Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) in a matter of weeks, with both major parties now polling in the low 30s. Moreover, Germans prefer Schulz to Merkel as chancellor by 50 to 34 per cent, according to a recent poll. A Schulz government could well be leading the country by the end of 2017.

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