Andrea Nahles, the chairman of the German Social Democrats (SPD), will step down from the position due to bad results in the European elections, which could lead the coalition of Angela Merkel.

Germany: The resignation of SPD leader, CDU calls for stability of coalition.
Germany: The resignation of SPD leader, CDU calls for the stability of the coalition.

The SPD gathered only 15.8 percent of the votes in the European Parliament elections a week ago, making it the third place for the Greens. 16 Members will be in the new European Parliament convening, which is 11 less than so far. The additional pressure for the SPD is also the historical loss of the traditional “red” fortress of Bremen, where a week or more a week ago they lost in the provincial elections.

“The discussion within the parliamentary group, as well as the response of individual members of the party, let me know that I no longer have their support in this position,” said Andrea Nahles. As the head of the SPD, she will resign on Monday, and on Tuesday as the head of the parliamentary group.

For now, it is not known who will succeed the current leader of the party, who was the first woman headed by German Social Democrats. The party’s management took over last April. There are several names in the game.

The German news agency DPA, as potential new leaders of German Social Democrats, mentions the ministers of the three countries – Lower Saxony Stephan Weil, Mecklenburg-Pomerania Manuela Schwesig and Rhineland-Palatinate, Mala Dreyer. According to the agency, Olaf Scholz, deputy Rolf Mützenich, leader of the SPD deputy group in North Rhine-Westphalia, Achim Post, and former President of the European Parliament and Martin Schulz party, have the potential to run the party.

In the meantime, the SPD has announced that the deputy group will be led by Andree Nahles, the deputy of the deputy group Mützenich. Initially, it was assumed that the party’s new leader of the parliamentary group would be elected on Tuesday, but they have already unanimously chosen Mützenich as the temporary leader.

The announced resignation of Andree Nahles is a surprise for many, as it launched a procedure to vote on its support, which could be carried out on Tuesday.

Andrea Nahles became head of the SPD in April 2018 and has been the leader of the parliamentary group since September 2017. She was the first party leader whose history dates back to 1863, making SPD the oldest party in the German parliament in the Bundestag.

Since 2013, the SPD was part of a broad German coalition with the conservative CDU / CSU.

The CDU calls for the stability of the coalition
Given that Social Democrats are in the coalition with Christian Democrats (CDU) of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the new party leader could be shaken by the Alliance if left more oriented, the Deutsche Welle reports.

CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer urged the SPD this afternoon to maintain the stability of the black-and-red coalition despite the resignation of Nahles. She emphasized that, according to her party, now there is no time for party tactics, and that the CDU continues to advocate the preservation of a broad coalition.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel then announced in a statement to the public that, despite the resignation, Andree Nahles would continue the work “with all seriousness and a great responsibility.” She added that the issues that the government must solve are still on the table, both in Germany and in Europe and the world. “And in this spirit, we will continue our work,” she stressed.


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