Martin Schulz is a German politician from the SPD. He heads the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and was president of the European Parliament until 2017.
Schulz made the headlines when he was attacked by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2003, by UK MEP Godfrey Bloom in 2010 - and when he made a controversial statement in his speech to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset in 2014. Schulz says he fluently speaks German, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch. On leaving the European Parliament, he intends to return to German politics for the 2017 election cycle and has been tipped as a probable cabinet minister.
For the first time since Martin Schulz was named as the SPD's candidate for chancellor, the party has lost momentum in an opinion poll. The SPD has dropped one point, while support for the CDU and AfD held steady.
The center-left SPD has been surging in polls since Martin Schulz announced he's running for chancellor, while Merkel's conservatives are losing support. A new poll shows growing SPD support particularly among one group.
Germany's finance minister compared the rival SPD's candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz, to US President Trump. Schulz's supporters said the statement shows how out of touch the minister is with voters' concerns.
Angela Merkel has been officially nominated as the conservatives' candidate for September's federal elections in Germany. This was confirmed on Monday at a meeting of Merkel's centre right Christian Democratic Union or CDU and its sister party, the Christian Social Union or CSU. But the latest opinion polls show there's been a surge in support for her main rival. Paul Jäger reports.
SPD candidate Martin Schulz would receive 16 percent more votes than current CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel, a survey showed. The SPD has benefited since Schulz was nominated as the party's candidate for the Chancellery.