Rival of Merkel in the elections will be the former head of the European Parliament

Martin Schulz

The leader of the Social democratic party of Germany (SPD), economy Minister and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel proposed to nominate in the parliamentary elections as a candidate in chancellors, former Chairman of the European Parliament Martin Schulz. About this reports Deutsche Welle.

The Gabriel refused to run. According to him, Schultz also will lead the party.

The main rival of Schulz’s election will be the current Chancellor Angela Merkel, who will run for a fourth term from the conservative Christian democratic Union.

Elections to the German Parliament — the Bundestag is scheduled for September 24, 2017.

Schulz 60 — year-old German politician, member of the European Parliament since 1994, was head of the EP with 2012.