What do Germany’s Social Democratic Party (SPD) believe? How are they different from Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (with whom they’ve been governing in coalition since 2013)? The challenge for SPD leader Martin Schulz is how to differentiate his party from Chancellor Merkel’s, whilst also copying just enough from the formula that’s kept her in power for over a decade.

The political parties in Germany have now all published their election manifestos for the upcoming Bundestag elections. We’ve taken a look at their policy programmes in detail and summarised the main points in the infographic for you below.

The SPD manifesto is next in our series. Their candidate, Martin Schulz, is the former President of the European Parliament. What does his party believe, and what sort of programme would they put in place if they won power?

Are you interested in learning more about the election promises of Germany’s SPD? Take a look at the infographic below (click for a larger version)

What does Martin Schulz’s SPD party stand for? Will the SPD’s focus on social justice and solidarity resonate with the German public? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!

Image Credits: CC / Flickr – European Parliament
The election manifestos will be presented in order according to the results of the “Sunday question”: CDU / CSU, SPD, Left, Greens, FDP, AfD. Parties below five percent have not been included .


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What do YOU think?

  1. Miro Perinić

    Left political parties go in the wrong direction. They are producing problems that somebody has to pay and that’s expensive.

  2. Ivan Burrows

    Its irrelevant what Schultz’s party stands for as they will never be in power to implement any policies.

    • Bódis Kata

      More like: would you prefer a substandard and moderately corrupt uneducated bearded Merkel or would you prefer Merkel?

  3. Carlos Trocado Ferreira

    … voters are more likely to be seduced than seducing. Voters like to be offered flowers and chocolates when dating with chivalry at good restaurants and breakfast next Monday at bed… Later, they claim to their friends upon not receiving even a phone call as flowers and chocolates are overdated in their memories…

  4. catherine benning

    What does Martin Schulz’s Social Democratic Party party stand for?

    Exactly the same policies Merkel and her party stand for.

    This one.

    What does Martin Schulz’s Social Democratic Party party stand for?

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