Germany’s oldest party was founded in 1875, and is described as "center-left". It roots in the 19th century labor movement.
The SPD is the second largest party in terms of voter support, but the largest in terms of membership. Its voter base is the working class in urban areas. SPD icon Willy Brandt was foreign minister in the first "grand coalition" government with the CDU 1966-1969 and then became the first SPD chancellor. This page is a chronological compilation of all DW content on the SPD.
A majority of Germans support the continuation of Angela Merkel's coalition government, according to a new survey. New leaders of junior coalition partner the SPD have expressed skepticism about the arrangement's future.
The future of the chancellor's government has been made more uncertain after new leaders were installed by her junior coalition partners, the SPD. They are seeking fresh terms of the alliance that was formed in 2017.
The Social Democrats have elected two critics of the grand coalition with the conservative CDU/CSU to lead the party. DW's Sabine Kinkartz writes that if the duo gets its way, the Merkel government could soon be history.