Who will compete for the SPD at the Bundestag elections 2017? Martin Schulz has been acting as a potential candidate for a long time – but he is covered.

Martin Schulz, the President of the European Parliament, leaves a possible SPD chancellor candidate open. The SPD will decide this in due course, he said in the evening in Berlin at the so-called Economic Summit of the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”.

Earlier, Schulz had rejected speculations. He would only become Foreign Minister and successor to Frank-Walter Steinmeier if he could at the same time take over the SPD chancellor’s chancery.

“There is a road map, and we stick to it,” Schulz said. The SPD could not make such a decision between door and door. Asked if he wanted to remain the President of the European Parliament in Brussels, Schulz merely said that he was elected President of the Parliament until 17 January 2017. There will be a decision about this at the given time.

The “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” reported in its Friday edition, citing SPD government circles, that Schulz was still opposed to a change from Brussels to Berlin without a promise to become a chancellor candidate. Even a spokesman for Parteichef Sigmar Gabriel disagreed with this presentation.

Schulz called “Stuss” reports that there are conflicts in the SPD: “We have a very, very good atmosphere in the leadership of the SPD.” It is a matter of convincing the people as a team that the SPD must lead the country: “We want to lead this country and we will lead this country.”

The Chancellor’s question is delicate with the Social Democrats. SPD boss Gabriel would like to compete, but his popularity decreases. Schulz, on the other hand, is the more popular of both, but he still graces.

The coalition partner also does not want to determine the chancellor’s chancery. On Tuesday, CDU Foreign Minister Norbert Röttgen spoke in a CNN interview of a fourth term of Angela Merkel. But in the evening, the CDU headquarters made it clear that there was no clear stand yet, and that Merkel would make a new term in due course. Röttgen described his statement as a “personal assessment”.

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