SPD readies for general election
Junior coalition partner in the federal government, the centre-left Social Democratic Party (SPD) has made a number of changes to its team in readiness for the 24th September general election.
Sigmar Gabriel has stood down as the party’s Chairman to make way for Martin Schultz. Schultz, who was President of the European Parliament until 17th January is now the SPD’s Chairman and candidate to take on Angela Merkel for the post of Chancellor in the general election. The party reckons he has a better chance of unseating Merkel whose centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is on 36% compared with 24% for the SPD in the latest opinion polls.
Sigmar Gabriel becomes the new Minister of Foreign Affairs, replacing Dr Frank-Walter Steinmeier who is expected to be elected as the country’s new president next month.
Ms Brigitte Zypries replaces Sigmar Gabriel as the Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy.