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Video: Schulz’s popularity soars in Germany after winning SPD leadership

© Thierry Charlier, AFP | Germany's Martin Schulz in Brussels on December 15, 2016.

Video by Adeline PERCEPT , Anne MAILLIET

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2017-02-09

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.

His nomination has given the SPD a major boost, narrowing the gap with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) ahead of federal elections in September.

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.

To watch FRANCE 24’s full report on this story, click on the player above.

Date created : 2017-02-09

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