The party has a plan to help middle-income voters, which for some reason it tries to sell as “social justice”.
The Social Democratic Party leader is liked by cosmopolitan and working-class voters. But they don’t actually vote for him.
If the party can’t win in its industrial heartland, there is little hope for the federal elections in September.
If a vote for Martin Schulz is potentially a vote for the far left, Germans may prefer the safety of Angela Merkel.
Germans by and large approve of Angela Merkel’s job performance, but they are ready for somebody else to take over.
Martin Schulz has pushed Germany’s Social Democrats up in the polls, but another grand coalition is still likely.
The German leader was never a multiculturalist and must guard her right flank ahead of next year’s election.
In pursuit of centrist voters, the German chancellor must take care to protect her right flank.