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.
It looks like Martin Schulz is about to become another in a line of middle-aged male Social Democrat candidates to come second in an election to Chancellor Angela Merkel. So what exactly does the SPD stand for?
The Social Democrats are entering their convention weekend 14 points behind their main rivals, German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats. In Dortmund on Sunday, SPD members will finalize the party's platform.
The Social Democrats appear to have taken a step closer to ruling out a coalition that does not enshrine marriage equality into German law. The Greens, Left and Free Democrats are all on board with that.
Chancellor candidate Martin Schulz wanted to present himself as open, honest and down to earth in his book. But the SPD leader emphasized his new book is not an election manifesto. Volker Witting reports from Berlin.
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