Martin Schulz

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Martin Schulz
Chairman of the Social Democratic Party
In office
19 March 2017 – 13 February 2018
Preceded bySigmar Gabriel
Succeeded byOlaf Scholz (Acting)
25th President of the European Parliament
In office
17 January 2012 – 17 January 2017
Vice President
Preceded byJerzy Buzek
Succeeded byAntonio Tajani
Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
In office
5 July 2004 – 17 January 2012
Preceded byEnrique Barón Crespo
Succeeded byHannes Swoboda
Member of the European Parliament
In office
19 July 1994 – 10 February 2017
Personal details
Born (1955-12-20) 20 December 1955 (age 67)
Hehlrath, West Germany
(now Eschweiler, Germany)
Political partySocial Democratic Party
Spouse(s)Inge Schulz
WebsiteOfficial website

Martin Schulz (born 20 December 1955) is a German Social Democratic (SPD) politician. He was the President of the European Parliament from 2012 to 2017. From March 2017 to February 2018, he served as the Chairman of the Social Democratic Party.

Political career[change | change source]

Before to his Presidency of the European Parliament, he was the leader of its Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats group. Elected as European Parliament President in 2012, Schulz was re-elected on 1 July 2014.[1] On 17 January 2017, he was succeeded by Antonio Tajani of the EPP.

German chancellorship nomination[change | change source]

In November 2016, he announced he would not seek a third term, but instead would stand in 2017 as the SPD candidate for the German Chancellorship. In January 2017, Schultz became the official SDP candidate for the German Chancellorship.[2] He lost the election to Angela Merkel.

References[change | change source]

  1. "German Socialist Martin Schulz Re-Elected as European Parliament President". Retrieved 1 July 2014.
  2. "Martin Schulz to be candidate for German chancellor".

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Martin Schulz at Wikimedia Commons