European Elections

Angela Merkel DOWN AND OUT: Martin Schulz sends rival SPD party to RECORD lead

ANGELA Merkel is set to be ousted as German Chancellor by former EU chief Martin Schulz, a bombshell new opinion poll suggests.

The survey puts the centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) one point ahead of Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU).The SPD has now gained a record-breaking 12 points since unveiling Mr Schulz as its candidate for the Chancellery last month.

The party’s surge marks a humiliation blow for Merkel, who is running for her fourth term.

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The survey, carried out by the Emnid Institute, is a huge blow for Angela Merkel

Political scientist Thomas Jaeger of Cologne University said: “This is a serious poll showing the SPD coming from nowhere to overtake the CDU/CSU.”It’s amazing to see how unprepared the CDU was for someone like Schulz.

“They assumed the SPD was going to stay stuck in the 20-25 percent range. They’ve been caught pants down.”

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Martin Schulz quit as European Parliament president to run for Chancellor

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Merkel’s party trails the SPD by one per cent, according to the poll

Martin Schulz has won back over former SPD voters – he speaks their language

Thomas Jaeger

Jager added: “Schulz has won back over so many former SPD voters who had turned their back on the party.”He speaks their language and sounds like one of them.

“There’s a lot of enthusiasm all of a sudden.”

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Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble denied Merkel had been complacent


Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble, one of Merkel’s closest allies, denied the CDU/CSU had been complacent.He said: “We’re certainly taking him [Schulz] seriously. He’s helped the SPD find its courage again.

“But he feels he’s not a part of our grand coalition. It’s a bit of a contradiction because his party has contributed to things going well in Germany.”

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