In the application for the party presidency of the SPD has reported competition: as the second applicant pair have Karl Lauterbach and Nina Scheer announced their candidacy for the double top. As a team they wanted to work for a policy that would reduce inequalities, protect natural resources and be undaunted social democratic.
The 47-year-old Scheer represents the SPD since 2013 in the Bundestag. She is Deputy Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Sustainable Development and member of the Committee for Economic Affairs and Energy of the German Bundestag. The health politician Lauterbach has been a Member of Parliament for 14 years. Since 2013 he is Deputy SPD Group Chairman. The 56-year-old is a medical doctor and responsible for health and research.
So far, two duos compete: In early July, Michael Roth, Minister of State at the Foreign Office, and Christina Kampmann, the former family minister in North Rhine-Westphalia, had officially announced their application.
The resignation of Andrea Nahles at the beginning of June had sparked a fundamental debate in the SPD over the organization of the party leadership. The acting leadership trio - Malu Dreyer, Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel and Manuela Schwesig - had decided together with the party executive that in the future even a dual leadership would be allowed to take over the leadership of the SPD.
Interested parties can register their candidature for the chairmanship until September 1st. The potential candidates must be nominated by at least five sub-districts, a district or a national association. After a member survey, the party chairmanship will then be filled at a party convention in early December.