Anke Hassel

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‘To open the leadership contest to the most inexperienced on the national stage was a big gamble for Europe’s most powerful country in politically uncertain times.’ Photograph: Action Press/REX/Shutterstock

The newly crowned leadership duo of Germany’s centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) has hardly had a great welcome. Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken beat the finance minister, Olaf Scholz, and his running mate, Klara Geywitz, by 53% to 45% in the final round of the membership votes. The response was vociferous: the imminent death of the SPD was the verdict from most of the German media.

The vote certainly marks a significant turning point in German politics not just for the SPD but also for the government – in which the SPD is still a junior partner – and for the politics of the centre left.…  Seguir leyendo »