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Martin Schulz
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Chairman of the Social Democratic Party
In office
19 March 2017 – 13 February 2018
Preceded by Sigmar Gabriel
Succeeded by Olaf Scholz (Acting)
25th President of the European Parliament
In office
17 January 2012 – 17 January 2017
Vice President
Preceded by Jerzy Buzek
Succeeded by Antonio Tajani
Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
In office
5 July 2004 – 17 January 2012
Preceded by Enrique Barón Crespo
Succeeded by Hannes Swoboda
Member of the European Parliament
In office
19 July 1994 – 10 February 2017
Constituency Germany
Personal details
Born 20 December 1955 (1955-12-20) (age 64)
Hehlrath, West Germany
(now Eschweiler, Germany)
Political party Social Democratic Party
Spouse(s) Inge Schulz
Children 2
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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

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. On 17 January 2017, he was succeeded by Antonio Tajani of the EPP.

German chancellorship nomination

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. He lost the election to Angela Merkel.


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