Martin Schulz resigns as leader of Germany’s SPD

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Series Details February 2018
Publication Date 13/02/2018
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The decision was announced following days of internal debate around the agreement reached with the Christian Democrats (CDU) for a new grand coalition government and ahead of a party vote on the issue.

+ Germany's CDU and SPD reach formal coalition agreement in principle following further negotiations

The former head of the European Parliament handed over leadership to his deputy, Andrea Nahles. However, SPD mayor Simone Lange later announced she intended to run against Ms Nahles at a leadership contest held in April 2018.

The head of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) Martin Schulz announced his reisgnation with immediate effect on 13 February 2018.

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EurActiv, 14.02.18: Schulz resigns in bid to calm party ahead of coalition deal vote
Deutsche Welle, 13.02.18: SPD mayor Simone Lange challenges Andrea Nahles for party leadership
The Economist [Blog]: Martin Schulz resigns as leader of the Social Democrats
Reuters, 14.02.18: Germany's SPD vows to clash with 'down for the count' Merkel
Deutsche Welle, 13.02.18: Martin Schulz steps down as SPD head
The Conversation, 12.03.18: Germany’s Social Democrats: where did it all go wrong?

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