German coalition CRISIS: Schulz to hand over the reins of SPD after shock resignation | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


German coalition CRISIS: Schulz to hand over the reins of SPD after shock resignation

Ms Nahles, 47, is the head of the SPD’s parliamentary group and is expected to become caretaker leader before she is confirmed as leader at the party conference.

Mr Schulz, 62, announced he would step down as leader of the party last week to become foreign minister under a new coalition with Angela Merkel.

But he has since withdrawn from the race to become foreign minister, after promising not to service in a Merkel-led government before the election, according to German publication Suddeutsch Zeitung.

The embattled leader of the SPD abruptly gave up plans to become its next foreign minister on Friday, hoping to shore up support among SPD members for a new coalition with Mrs Merkel's conservatives.

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