Coal-mining and the Germany's social democrats have ruled the town of Bergkamen for decades. Germany’s Social Democrats can still count on working class voters, despite waning faith in the party
Germany's Social Democratic leader Martin Schulz has revealed that European leaders are urging him to join Angela Merkel's conservatives in a grand coalition government. The SPD has said it will not rush to a decision.
Leader Martin Schulz accepted the blame for the SPD's bitter defeat in the German election. His deputy has accused him of failing to recognize the seriousness of the party's crisis as political intrigue mounts.
Germany's Social Democrat SPD party has been losing ground in their traditional stronghold: the coal mining region. But not in the small town of Bergkamen, as DW's Elizabeth Schumacher found out.
Out of step with the voters and now out of power, Germany’s elections saw Martin Schulz lead the Social Democrats to their worst result ever – is he a credible opposition leader? Conflict Zone meets SPD MEP Arne Lietz.
© 2017 Deutsche Welle |
Legal notice |
| Mobile version