Andrea Nahles is to take over as the leader of Germany’s Social Democrats as Martin Schulz takes up the position of Foreign Minister in the next coalition government. Nahles is among a number of women to rise swiftly through the party ranks.
The SPD hasn't showered its new leader with premature praise. But Andrea Nahles shouldn't take it personally. Her poor election result is just an indication of how wary the party is, says DW's Sabine Kinkartz.
Martin Schulz announced in February he would step down as SPD leader and hand over power to Andrea Nahles. But a surprise announcement by a northern SPD mayor may complicate those plans.
While party head Martin Schulz's star appears to have faded, another of the party's top leaders delivered a speech that may have cinched the "yes" vote and possibly saved the SPD establishment — for now, at least.
Embattled former European Parliament President Martin Schulz has resigned as the head of Germany's Social Democrats. Andrea Nahles has been nominated to take his place, but she still faces a party vote in April.
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