Germany election: Martin Schulz stakes anti-populist bid
The candidate named by Germany’s Social Democrats to challenge Chancellor Angela Merkel, Martin Schulz, has vowed to fight populism if his party wins the elections due in September.
At an SPD party meeting in Berlin, he denounced Eurosceptics and the “racist” rhetoric of US President Donald Trump.
The convention unanimously confirmed Mr Schulz as the candidate who will lead the Social Democrats to the election.
It has been the junior partner in Germany’s “grand coalition” since 2013.
The party hopes that Mr Schulz, a former president of the European Parliament, will boost its chances of governing without Mrs Merkel’s CDU.
Opinion polls suggest the Social Democrats trail the CDU, although Mr Schulz’s personal rating compares favourably with that of Mrs Merkel, who plans to run for a fourth term.
In his speech on Sunday, he blamed the rise of populism on a growing gap between average workers and the rich.
The 61-year-old attacked plans by Christian Democrats to cut taxes and increase defence spending at the expense of welfare programmes.
He was the President of the European Parliament from 2012 to 2017.
another turd that wont flush away..they keep popping up..we know this guy pretty well..
“The party hopes that Mr Schulz, a former president of the European Parliament, will boost its chances of governing without Mrs Merkel’s CDU.”
gotta cover all the bases..