Martin Schulz’s popularity has surged among German voters after he was nominated leader of the country’s Social Democrats (SPD) on January 24.
Schulz has been treated to a rock star’s welcome almost everywhere he has visited since taking over the SPD’s leadership, including a recent stop in the northern city of Norderstedt.
“The welcome here, as elsewhere, shows that the SPD has a chance. There’s a sort of renaissance for social democracy in Germany,” the former president of the European parliament told FRANCE 24.
One opinion poll even found that the SPD would beat the CDU if an election was held today. The study, which was conducted by INSA for Germany’s Bild newspaper, gave the Social Democrats 31 percent of the vote, versus 30 percent for Merkel’s party.
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Date created : 2017-02-09