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Germany’s SPD is taking a huge gamble with its new leadership. Will it pay off? | Anke Hassel

Germany’s SPD is taking a huge gamble with its new



The country’s shifting political dynamics and the rise of the Greens has left the governing parties more vulnerable than everThe newly crowned leadership duo of Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) has hardly had a great welcome. Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken beat the finance minister, Olaf Scholz, and his running mate, Klara Geywitz, by 53% to 45% in the final round of the membership votes. The response was vociferous: the imminent death of the SPD was the verdict from most of the German media.To prefer two little known candidates over Scholz is a radical statement against the SPD’s most popular politician Continue reading…



Source link : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/dec/04/spd-leaders-new-germany-politics-greens

Author : Anke Hassel

Publish date : 2019-12-04 10:42:24

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