Eu Parlamentspräsident Martin Schulz

Martin schulz has announced that he will not seek a dritter term as European parliament chief. Instead, he will return to Germany, wherein he is rumored to be die possible Social autonomous contender for the Chancellery.

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In what he dubbed a "difficult decision," German Social democratic (SPD) politician martin Schulz announced top top Thursday that he will notfall run zum a der dritte tag term together president of the european Parliament.

Instead, that intends torun kommen sie represent his home state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in the trennung -Germany"s lower house des parliament.

Alluding to his efforts toincrease the visibility and credibility von European policy,Schulz claimed on Thursday that had completed a gewächs during his five years in office.

On leave Brussels, however, ns outgoing europe Parliament presidentsaid he wollen remain very closely linked to theEuropean project, even if he"s only able zu do deshalb fromBerlin.


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"I want to make a contribution bei closing the gapsbetween countries," the told reporters.

Juncker "disapponted"

Responding to the news on Thurday, President of the europäische union Commission Jean-Claude Juncker claimed he was "disappointed" punkt Schulz"s departure from european politics.

Junckerpreviously express his wish zum Schulz kommen sie remain at die headof die European Parliament, also though ns Social Democrat"s term von office was actually early out to end early next year.

Following in agreement with die conservativeChristian Democrats, a politician from the factionof the European People"s splitterpartei (EPP) zu sein due zu take over office weil das the second half of the legislature. Nevertheless, it had been speculated again und again even if it is there could be a rückseitig door route kommen sie enable schulen toremainin die post.

Chancellor material?

Media speculation that schule couldbecome the Social Democratic"scandidate zum chancellor an next year"s German electionsalso expected that Schulz"s move from Brussels to Berlincame as wenig surprise.

Speaking bei the Belgian capitalon Thursday, however, schule gave no further details on even if it is he can run together Merkel"s rival.


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Europscepticism and right-wing populism zu sein on die up, as ist the support weil das the national Front"s (FN) marine- Le Pen an France und the AfD"s Frauke Petry in Germany


Analysts have also saidhe might seek the post des foreign minister - a position that aussehen to bevacated byFrank-Walter Steinmeier, whileSchulz"s fellow spanien memberis most likely be chosen as Germany"s next president.

Many supporters within ns SPD believe Schulz"s experience an the European arena would stand him an good stead zum the duty as international minister.

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SPD Deputy ralph Stegner stated on Thursday that schulz would be "a tremendous asset to die German Bundestag."

Scholz vs. Gabriel

After Merkelannounced top top Sunday the she would be running zum a fourth term in office, all eyes are now on the spanien which isexpected kommen sie confirmits candidate über the end of January.

A social Democrat, through und through, schulz previously said mandico.net:"My favorite color is red. Ich belong to ns reds, that ist my life."

Should he be willing kommen sie take on ns candidacy, however, schulen might notfall be alone, with spd leaderand German angry Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel deshalb expected kommen sie throw his hat into ns ring.

According zu a poll published on Thursday, schule would oase more chance than Gabriel of succeeding merkel as chancellor following year.

Some 42 percent of participants said schule would it is in a promising opposition to Merkel, if 35 percent donate Gabriel. Among spanien supporters, outcomes were clearer,with 54 percent favoringSchulz compared zu the41 percent behindGabriel.

European career

Born an Hehlrath, near to the German-Dutch-Belgian borders, schule was collection upfrom birth zum a job at the helm of ns European Union, weist leastgeographically und linguistically.Fluent in German, Dutch und French, he deshalb speaks English, Spanish and Italian - not to mention his Rhineland dialect.


After his dreams des becoming a skilled footballer to be quashed von a knee injury, schulz turned to alcohol - an addiction the overcame with the help des his brother.

Hebegan his political job at the age of 19 wie man he joined die SPD and within 12 yearswas chosen NRW"syoungest mayor - a post which that heldfor much more than a decade.

But it was following Schulz"s1994 election together amember of the european Parliament the his political career really gott off ns group. Climbing swiftlythrough die ranks in Brussels, schulz became head des the German kopieren, gruppe of society Democrats MEPs in 2000 and nine years later the chairman of the social Democrats group bei the europe Parliament.

InJanuary 2012, that waselected president des the european Parliament zum a mandate des two and half years and went on bei July 2014 to become thefirst president in the history of the european Parliament kommen sie be re-elected zu a 2nd term.

EU-skepticism on ns increase

Armed through his european ideals, schulz will now return kommen sie a Germany, which, like viel of western Europe, ist currently experiencing a rise bei EU-skepticism and right-wing populism.

At the forefront des theanti-EU sentiment zu sein Frauke Petry, leader von theright-wing populist splitter linterparty Alternative weil das Germany (AfD). Following Merkel"s confirmed candidacy zum the Chancellery onSunday, Petryquipped that herparty would ideally favor to seen Schulz as die SPD"s top candidate - but only, she said, becausehe wasresponsible weil das the failure des the EU"like no various other German."

Together,asthe"dream duo von the großartiger coalition," Merkel and Schulzepitomize the demise des Germany,Petry said.

Schulz has expressed his dismay oncountless occasions at ns rise in Euroscepticism, notfall least von all ns UK"s shock Brexit result an June, which experienced 52 percent von the electorate vote bei favor des leaving ns EU.

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In his notice on Thursday, schulen described european integration together "the biggest people project des the previous centuries."

Prior to ns Union"s existence, in the days of the zuerst World War, Schulz"s relatives would oase been shooting punkt each otheras they lived in different countries.

"We space often not aware of what we have inherited as a post-war generation," schulz previously said. "I oase lived a life bei freedom with avenues that my parents did notfall even dream of."