Former European Parliament speaker and leader of the German Social Democrat party (SPD) Martin Schulz announced today he will abandon his plan to serve as German foreign minister, seeking to end a party row over his role and boost support among members for a new ‘grand coalition’ with Angela Merkel’s conservatives.

Schulz has also left his position as SPD chief, announcing he would hand over his role as party leader to Andrea Nahles.

Schulz had already announced on February 7 that he would...


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