East and West have clashed over the result, with Moscow backing the former prime minister and the EU and the USA supporting the social-democrats.
Martin Schulz, the party's candidate to be chancellor, is riding high in the polls, giving the SPD its best showing in a decade.
Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) have nominated Martin Schulz as their candidate to run against Angela Merkel to become chancellor, following Sigmar Gabriel’s decision to stand…
The leader of the European Parliament’s socialist group (S&D) Gianni Pittella has thrown his hat into the ring to become the institution’s next president.
Fifteen people were injured when right-wing extremists attacked a May Day gathering in the German city of Weimar on Friday, according to police