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SPD presidency: Take two!

2019-09-06T13:56:48.710Z

From this week candidates for the presidency of the SPD present themselves to the party members in a total of 23 regional conferences. But what do the applicants stand for? And where would they lead the Social Democrats? We have asked the advertiser Lutz Meyer for a candidate check.



Lutz Meyer is one of the most renowned political advisors of the republic. He organized election campaigns for Gerhard Schröder and in 2013 drafted the campaign for the election campaign of Angela Merkel.

He missed the CDU a soulful look and made the diamond the trademark of the German Chancellor.

Today, Meyer runs the communications consultancy Lutz Meyer & Company in Berlin. He looked at the candidates (here you will find an overview of all applicants) on the basis of three criteria: Do you have leadership qualities? A topic that moves people? And would you like to tell your friends that you have given your vote to this candidate or candidate?

Nina Scheer & Karl Lauterbach

"No salt, no steak"

Nina Scheer and Karl Lauterbach © dpa

Karl Lauterbach is a visiting professor at Harvard University and an epidemiologist. He's one you like to have with you when you're feeling bad. Since Lauterbach has dropped off his old-fashioned fly, he looks fresher and happier. Like Barack Obama, he always has the politically correct answer to all questions, warns against salt and wants to ban the grilling. Karl Lauterbach is an asset of the party, for the presidency lacks some gravitas. At his side is Nina Scheer, the daughter of the inventor of the energy transition Hermann Scheer. She is a lawyer, has a doctorate in political science and a gifted violinist. She always appears very moral in the group. The couple is running as a left-wing conscience of the party. The SPD likes that, for a majority in the country it is still too little.

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Location in the SPD: Left

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Ralf Stegner & Gesine Schwan

"Socialism for all"

Ralf Stegner and Gesine Schwan © dpa

Gesine Schwan is chairman of the SPD's Basic Value Commission and writes excellent analyzes on the issues of our time. Her current paper is dedicated to the Anthropocene, ie the question of which climate age the world is in. Basically, it hardly goes. For the party chairmanship she lacks the urge for reality, and life in Berlin's residential district Zehlendorf does not fit well either. Ralf Stegner has no villa and has never won a choice outside the party committees. His media presence is perceived by many as not beneficial to the SPD. At press conferences, he was often assigned a seat outside the camera image. Stegner's theme is social injustice. The justice profile of the SPD does not become more attractive with it.

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Location in the SPD: Left

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Norbert Walter-Borjans & Saskia Esken

"War to the tax evaders"

Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken © dpa

Because he defended the purchase of the data of tax evaders and asked the fraudsters to checkout, was the then Minister of Finance of North Rhine-Westphalia, Norbert Walter-Borjans, the Robin Hood of the SPD. The other states have banned him from buying further material. But Walter Borjans fought on. Nevertheless, the SPD has lost 2017 in NRW. The largely unknown member of parliament Saskia Esken embodies the Social Democratic promise of advancement: waitress, parcel courier, chauffeur, secretary, state-certified computer scientist and today in the parliamentary group responsible for Internet and artificial intelligence. A long way, but neither topic nor aura lead to party chairmanship. Nevertheless: Juso chairman Kevin Kühnert supports this duo.

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Location in the SPD: middle

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Petra Köpping & Boris Pistorius

"Otto Schily in friendly"

Petra Köpping and Boris Pistorius © dpa

Boris Pistorius is the toughest SPD Minister of the Interior in the world. His law-and-order program is good for the SPD because it combines leadership and security. And his life partner Doris Schröder-Köpf knows how to make Chancellor. Actually she should have been running mate of Pistorius. In general, the Lower Saxony, the source of power of the SPD. From here come two federal presidents, many federal ministers, a chancellor, two party leaders, two secretaries general and the Scorpions. In order to maintain regional proportionality, Pistorius brought the former Minister for Gender Equality and Integration from Saxony into the team. Saxony in particular is a tough school for Social Democrats: 7.7 percent in the state election on Sunday. With Law and Order and clear announcements, the duo could win back more than just the East for the SPD.

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Location in the SPD: Right

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Michael Roth & Christina Kampmann

"Just be reasonable"

Michael Roth and Christina Kampmann © dpa

The two are a telegenic couple. Super-friendly and clever minds with sensible views. The candidate show "Roth und Kampmann" is the social democratic remake of "Habeck and Baerbock". Michael Roth comes from East Hesse and works despite his 20 years in the Bundestag fresh and unused. Officially belonging to the left wing of the party, in practice it appears very central and deliberate. A young statesman with a modern SPD program. Christina Kampmann is largely unknown. She was a two-year NRW Minister for Family, Children, Youth, Culture before the SPD was voted out of office. Certainly not because of her. Family is an important issue in the SPD, and together with Roth Kampmann wants to abolish the party presidency and "open windows and doors" to inspire again for the party.

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Location in the SPD: middle

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Hilde Mattheis & Dierk Hirschel

"We are the good"

Hilde Mattheis and Dierk Hirschel © Thomas Imo / Getty Images

Hilde Mattheis leads in the SPD left their left wing. She has taken on this role from Sigrid Skarpelis-Sperk, whose speeches Gerhard Schröder often prompted sudden phone calls outside the hall. Hilde Mattheis also always argues with passion for her beliefs. At their side is Dierk Hirschel, who as a director of economic policy at ver.di argues rather practically. "If you have a monthly gross amount of 2600 euros in your pocket, you have to work more than 33 years full-time so that you do not end up at the social services office later on." Clear attitude on the subject of social justice, that depends. And yet the team would reach only a few voters. Mattheis and Hirschel know that they will never be elected either in the SPD or in Germany. But they want to shape the discussion, and that's worth a lot.

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Location in the SPD: on the left

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Alexander Ahrens & Simone Lange (candidacy withdrawn)

"Crossover East / West"

Simone Lange and Alexander Ahrens © dpa

In this candidate pair, the woman is clearly number one. Courageous and self-confident, Simone Lange once ran for Andrea Nahles and brought in a single speech 28 percent. Her strong phrase was, "I want to be the voice of the base." Lange comes from the East German Gera and is now mayor in the West. Alexander Ahrens took the opposite route, from West Berlin to the East. In 2015, he was elected with the votes of the SPD, the left and a civic party mayor in the AfD stronghold Bautzen. The duo enters with local political experience. This may not be enough for the SPD presidency. But they can fight.

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Location in the SPD: Left

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Klara Geywitz & Olaf Scholz

"Model Helmut Schmidt"

Klara Geywitz and Olaf Scholz © dpa

He has adorned for a long time and is also slightly overqualified in view of the remaining field of applicants. Mayor in Hamburg, Secretary General, Federal Minister, Vice Chancellor. And then he is also a lawyer. Olaf Scholz showed in Hamburg that he can win a choice in a really bad situation. His strongest sentence: "Whoever orders leadership from me, gets guidance." His calm nature annoys many in the SPD, but that's no disadvantage if you want to become a chancellor. As Vice Chancellor, Scholz is always capable of acting in the main social issues. Klara Geywitz is rather unknown. Recently she lost her constituency to the Greens in the state election in Brandenburg, missing 144 votes. She continues and joins Olaf Scholz. She is a courageous woman.

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Location in the SPD: Right

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Karl Heinz Brunner

"The cool Bayer"

Karl -Heinz Brunner © dpa

Karl-Heinz Brunner is the bravest male candidate of all. He competes as a single candidate, without quota partner, but with a mustache and earring. He is an old Catholic, spokesman for the gay and lesbian group, Deputy Chairman of the Reservist Association, member of the Sudeten Germans, defense expert, member of the Association for German Shepherds and on top of that Doctor of Philosophy. Brunner is everything a successful SPD official should not be. And that's exactly what makes him popular and brings him in the constituency always a few additional first votes. Brunner knows that the SPD never chooses him as chairman. But he wants to show what works if you stay authentic. He has already completed five SPD subdistricts.

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Location in the SPD: Right

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Source: zeit

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