Martin Schulz is the Social Democratic party's candidate for German chancellor. His campaign has inspired the party rank-and-file. Now, it seems that the SPD will give the Christian Democrat chancellor, Angela Merkel, a run for her money.
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.
The Merkel-led conservative block, the Greens and the market-friendly FDP have until Sunday evening to reach common ground on a possible coalition. Talks have stalled as parties clash on migration and the environment.
The chancellor has said that her CDU party, the Greens and the business-friendly FDP will have an initial agreement ready this week. It is nearly two months since Germany held its general election.
The Social Democrat left his post as head of the European Parliament to challenge Angela Merkel. As he lags in the polls, Schulz holds on to the hope that his enthusiasm can convince voters to abandon "aloof" Merkel.
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