Sun Mar 19, 2017, 10:35 AM
Troll2 (11,215 posts)
Schulz slams Trump, populists in accepting SPD nomination
The mood was euphoric among SPD delegates at a special conference in Berlin as the party made the transition from former party chairman Sigmar Gabriel to Martin Schulz official. Schulz was elected unanimously, receiving all of the valid ballots for chancellor candidate and party chairman.
In his speech before his election, Schulz emphasized the issues of social equality that have energized the grassroots and seen the SPD draw level in opinion polls with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative CDU-CSU.
"The SPD are back,” Schulz said. "And that's good news for the people of Germany and Europe. If we don't ensure that things are socially equitable, then no one will.”
Schulz and other speakers repeatedly mentioned the trade unions, a traditional base of Social Democratic support. But the former president of the European Parliament, vigorously defended his party's support for the European Union.
"Those who want to do away with this bloc will find in me an energetic opponent,” Schulz said. "Anyone who thinks you can separate national interests from Europe is wasting away the future of Germany.”
Schulz also took potshots at US President Donald Trump, saying that an election like that in the United States featuring "fake news” and the "denigration of whole groups of the population” had "no place in Germany.”
"A German chancellor can take a clear negative position” toward the US, Schulz added later in his speech, after praising former SPD chancellor Gerhard Schröder's refusal to back the US-led War in Iraq in 2003.
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Sun Mar 19, 2017, 11:23 AM
rh24 (8,038 posts)
2. The Germans have a choice between two leftists.
They can either vote for Mutti, who has destroyed her own country and has unleashed hell all over Europe through her insane migration policies, or a legitimate communist like Schultz. There really is no alternative for Germany