Schulz steps down as SPD leader

Politics 2/13/2018, 6:45 PM
Schulz steps down as SPD leader

German Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz announced he is resigning from the post with immediate effect and recommended SPD's parliamentary group chief Andrea Nahles for the position.

The party will officially elect its next leader at a meeting on April 22. In the meantime, Nahles will act as SPD's interim chair.

Shortly after his party struck a coalition deal with the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), reports emerged about Schulz voicing his decision to step down as the SPD leader. The politician was expected to become the foreign minister in Germany's next government, but announced he will not be taking the job in order not to jeopardize the future of the coalition.

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