Martin Schulz Withdrew from the Leadership of the German Social Democrats

Martin Schulz Withdrew from the Leadership of the German Social Democrats

Martin Schulz Withdrew from the Leadership of the German Social Democrats

Nahles, 47, shot to national political fame during the fraught days of the last SPD government 15 years ago when, as a left-wing lawmaker, she helped lead a party rebellion against its tough social reforms.

After initially declining a new coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, the party accepted it last week.

Most analysts believe that the SPD's 463,000 members will endorse the coalition deal, given that pensioners, working class families and other core SPD constituencies stand to benefit from it. And members of the SPD could yet reject the coalition deal in a ballot whose results will be announced on 4 March. That camp eventually won the argument and Hamburg mayor Olaf Scholz was named interim party chief until a special party convention to elect a new leader in April. Martin Schulz announced on February 13, 2018 to resign with immediate effect as SPD chairman, according local media Focus Online.

Tensions are also reported between him and Sigmar Gabriel, an SPD colleague who is now foreign minister. "No more indiscipline in the SPD", said Ralf Stegner, the regional SPD leader in Schleswig-Holstein.

Nahles said that she would start campaigning at the weekend for members to approve the coalition agreement with Merkel.

Before the elections, Schulz said the SPD would not form another grand coalition with the Union.

In a cartoon published on Tuesday, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily showed Nahles with a whip riding an SPD snail.

German media report that SPD members in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia were especially opposed to Mr Schulz - formerly European Parliament president - becoming foreign minister.

Nahles, a former leader of the SPD's youth wing, should work for "a new social idea" rather than invest in an alliance with dwindling support, added Loetzsch, who is serving her fifth term in the Bundestag.

Germany has been without a formal government since the September 24 election as Merkel failed to form an alliance with two smaller parties. The centre-left SPD is on course to run six ministries, including finance and foreign affairs.

German Social Democratic Party (SPD) leader Martin Schulz Tuesday announced his resignation as the party's chairman, as the infighting inside the party continued.

The SPD originally wanted to reinvent itself in opposition but reconsidered when Merkel's attempt to form an alliance with two smaller parties failed late a year ago.

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