Germany’s Social Democrats elect two new leaders

German Social Democrats secretary-general Lars Klingbeil (left) and co-leader Saskia Esken react after being voted in as party co-heads at the party conference in Berlin today. – EPA pic, December 11, 2021.

GERMANY’S governing Social Democrats today elected a centrist and a left-wing figurehead as its two new leaders, days after their election candidate Olaf Scholz was sworn in as chancellor.

The SPD returned to government following their victory in September’s election, forming an unprecedented three-party coalition with the Greens and business-friendly Free Democrats after ex-chancellor Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure ended.

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