Martin Schulz
MARTIN SCHULZ

Martin Schulz is a German politician who served as Leader of the Social Democratic Party 2017 to 2018, and has served as a Member of the Bundestag since 2017. Previously he was President of the European Parliament from 2012 to 2017, Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats from 2004 to 2012 and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) from Germany from 1994 to 2017.

In November 2016, Schulz announced he would not seek a third term as President of the European Parliament, but instead would stand in 2017 as the SPD candidate for the German Chancellorship. In January 2017, Sigmar Gabriel announced he would not stand for re-election as party leader and as the SPD candidate for the German Chancellorship, Gabriel recommended Schulz as his replacement.

After the elections of 2017, which resulted in a postwar low for the SPD, Schulz declared the end of the Grand Coalition under Angela Merkel and explicitly refused to serve in the Merkel government. On 7 February 2018, coalition talks concluded and Schulz announced he would succeed Sigmar Gabriel as Foreign minister and leave his party chairmanship to Andrea Nahles. After heavy public and internal criticism, Schulz decided not to enter the new cabinet. On 13 2018 February Schulz stepped down as party chair.