The Rise and Fall of Leftist Populism in Germany

  • What happened to Martin Schulz?

After Germany’s Martin Schulz stepped down as president of the European Parliament in late 2016, he embarked on a nationwide tour of his home country.

His aim, he said, was to better understand the concerns of ordinary Germans.In speeches before packed union halls, beer tents, and farmers markets, Schulz, a prominent member of the troubled Social Democratic Party (SPD), touted the classic values of social democracy—fairness and dignity.

Kua 2bSuch values, in his mind, translated into things like free education, a fairer unemployment-insurance system, and a progressive tax code.

While it was at first unclear whether…

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