Berlin (dpa) - Kevin Kühnert is considered by his supporters as a hope for the ailing SPD - with a clear political style, visionary positions, but also the ability to compromise.
He was the eloquent head of the #NoGroko campaign of early 2018. At that time, the opponents of a reissue of black and red were defeated in an SPD membership decision - but Kühnert renounced after the return of his party in the grand coalition on the kick.
Instead, he worked out a new social state concept of the SPD and now claims for the Jusos, the SPD "finally dissuaded from their Hartz IV path".
Kühnert has headed the SPD junior organization since 2017. At the Federal Congress on Friday in Schwerin, the 30-year-old was confirmed by a clear majority of 88.6 percent of the vote for another two years in office.
After Andrea Nahles resigned in June from the SPD national presidency, some thought Kühnert would recommend himself as a possible savior of the party. But in August he declared resignation. The chief post would probably still a few numbers too big, the height of fall too high. Now Kühnert wants to be elected to the board at the party congress in December, perhaps also as deputy chairman.
For a SPD boss Olaf Scholz it could be exhausting, Kühnert would be one of his deputies. Kühnert repeatedly criticized Scholz - he openly supported the candidature of GroKo critics Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans for the party presidency. Kühnert also caused trouble for the party leadership from time to time - for example, when he demanded collectivization of companies like BMW in an interview in early May in the middle of the European election campaign.
In conversation Kühnert is friendly, quick and thoughtful. Critics accuse him of pursuing a purely political career. Born in West Berlin, he comes from a civil servant family, he worked in the office of an SPD member of the Berlin House of Representatives and has a policy study for his role as Juso boss rest.
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