Leader of the German Social Democrats (SPD), Andrea Nahles, resigned on Sunday after the poor result for her party in the EU elections, where the SPD came third behind Chancellor Angela Merkel’s CDU and the Greens.
Nahles became the SPD’s first female leader in April 2018 when she replaced former EU Parliament president, Martin Schulz. Merkel has pledged the coalition government, of the CDU/CSU and SPD, would continue.
Meanwhile, Malu Dreyer – premier of Rhineland Palatinate, Manuela Schwesig – premier of Mecklenburg-Vorpommernand, and Thorsten Schäfer-Gümbel have provisionally taken over the SPD leadership. All other decisions have been adjourned to the end of June by the party.