The party has a plan to help middle-income voters, but it tries to sell it as an agenda for 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.
Martin Schulz has pushed Germany’s Social Democrats up in the polls, but another grand coalition is still likely.
From Lisbon to Berlin, center-left parties are breaking the taboo on pacts with the far left.
The German hopes to save a treaty with Canada by pulling the plug on trade talks with the United States.
“The left hand of the government doesn’t know what the right is doing anymore,” the Social Democrats complain.
Germany’s new foreign minister may be something of a Russophile but his influence could be limited.
Germany’s Social Democrats vote to enter into a coalition with Angela Merkel’s conservatives.
Conservatives criticize Angela Merkel’s concessions but leftwingers aren’t satisfied either.
The Social Democrats signal they are open to a coalition with the far left while the conservatives talk with the Greens.