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German Socialists are polling dismally ahead of European elections

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Analysis. The Social Democrats are in crisis, with the latest polls showing them on par with the neo-fascist AfD. Olaf Scholz let slip his chancellor ambitions even as the party refuses to coalesce around a platform.

written by Sebastiano Canetta

Topic European Union


January 15, 2019

The Social Democratic Party is down to 14 percent in the polls, as much as the AfD, and less than half of the percentage of the CDU. Regardless, the SPD Finance Minister has apparently decided to put himself forward as a candidate for chancellor, without informing anyone except the conservative press. Meanwhile, the new SPD leader, Andrea Nahles, is no longer in control of the party’s deputies and governors, who are now holding their own separate meetings, bypassing and excluding her. Not to mention the Young Socialists (Jusos), who have been hostile towards the current leaders of the party ever since the government deal with the CDU, and are still refusing to fall in line behind the “governmentist” policy which is Martin Schulz’s legacy, and which has decimated the party’s popular support during the past 12 months.

The state of crisis of the SPD is obvious, irrefutable and a matter of public notoriety. One telling example was the scheduled summit of........

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