# Social Democrats

Martin Schulz, chairman of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD) and SPD chancellor candidate, delivers a speech at the conference of the SPD youth organization, the Young Socialists, and the Socialist Youth of Germany _ Falcons entitled 'europe - turn left', in Duisburg, Germany, 07 April 2017. Photo: Guido Kirchner/dpa/archive
Martin Schulz, chairman of Germany's Soc […]

As Schulz struggles, are the lights going out for Europe’s left?

Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz is struggling to challenge Angela Merkel in the German elections. Why does the centre-left appear to be on the decline across so much of Europe?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a news conference after a meeting of both German conservative party's in the Bavarian state parliament in Munich, southern Germany, on May 22, 2017. Photo: Christof Stache / AFP
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends […]

Working poor of Germany’s rust belt desperate for change

Petra Vogel is exactly the kind of voter in the sights of Social Democrats set on unseating German Chancellor Angela Merkel in September's elections.