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Germany's SPD elects Schulz as Merkel's challenger

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By Euronews
Germany's SPD elects Schulz as Merkel's challenger

<p>Germany’s centre-left <span class="caps">SPD</span> has confirmed Martin Schulz as the party’s new leader and candidate to take on Chancellor Angela Merkel in upcoming elections. </p> <p>The former president of the European Parliament was unanimously chose by delegates at the party’s congress in Berlin. </p> <p>Addressing the <span class="caps">SPD</span>’s rank and file, Schulz vowed, if elected in September’s election, to be a staunch defender of democratic values. </p> <p>‘‘We do not need to go to the <span class="caps">USA</span> to see the attempt to turn back the clock of freedom . Look at Turkey, look at Hungary, look at Poland! Every day they become bolder against our democracy. You have in the <span class="caps">SPD</span> the most decisive enemy that is possible in this country,’‘ Schulz declared. </p> <p>Merkel’s chief challenger has given the <span class="caps">SPD</span> a huge boost since taking over from Sigmar Gabriel. </p> <p>The latest polls put the party almost neck and neck with the ruling Christian Democrats, who had until recently enjoyed a double digit lead.</p>