For his proposal, to determine the next SPD Chancellor candidate by a members decision, has received the former President, Martin Schulz, the consent of the leaders of his party. Lower Saxony’s Prime Minister Stephan Weil, said: “If there are several candidates, I am very much in favour of the SPD in important personnel decisions will proceed.” Because pointed out to the Funke media group, the fact that he himself was become in 2012 by a members decision on the top candidate in lower Saxony. Before the state election in 2013, there had been a members decision to party Chairman and top candidate in lower Saxony, the SPD won the Because, at that time, the Lord mayor of Hanover, against the former SPD state Chairman, Olaf Lies.

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the Deputy SPD Chairman Ralf Stegner, a member of the left party wing, for a so-called election by direct vote for the next top candidate. “It would be a very good idea if different people with different profiles to apply to candidacy for Chancellor of the SPD and a members vote would make them,” said Stegner with the editors ‘ network of Germany. Such a pre-election campaign revive “the intra-party programmatic discourse,” and to awaken new interest for the SPD.