Leading SPD politicians have dismissed the attacks of former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder (SPD) against the party Chairwoman Andrea Nahles and debates on staff warned. Federal Vice Ralf Stegner called the Remarks divisive. “Someone believes that it has any Benefit for their own party, if politicians out of the retirement-unfriendly about their successor(internal) voice?”, Stegner wrote on Twitter. “The only political competition benefits always”. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) said the Newspapers of the Funke media group (Saturday) to the question of whether he believed Nahles, to lead the party from the polls: “of Course.”

Schroeder, who served from 1999 to 2004, also SPD leader, had Nahles in a “mirror”-Interview held, among other things, the “Amateur mistake” with off-hand Remarks. On the question of whether Nahles have the necessary economic expertise for a Chancellor candidacy, he said: “I think that would not claim to be pretty.” The former Chancellor also commented positively about the Ex-party leader Sigmar Gabriel: “Sigmar Gabriel is perhaps the most talented politician we have in the SPD.” Schröder advocated a primary, the candidate for Chancellor.

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Maas: “I think people have less of an interest in personal debates. You expect us to govern reasonably.” SPD parliamentary group Deputy Karl Lauterbach criticized on Twitter: “Gerd Schröder is unfair to Andrea Nahles.” So, it should not be a bully. “Macho posturing pure and simple. The time is past for such people.”

For a Comeback of Gabriel of the SPD Bundestag Deputy, Florian Post. He has a task “in the first row,” he said, “Focus Online”, without specifying this further. Necessary change in personnel. “A stubborn, especially in terms of personnel, would be an Adherence to the Slogan “With a hurrah into the sunset”.

Schwesig SPD takes-top-in protection

The critical statements schröder’s come to a time where more and more leading social Democrats Nahles as Chairman of the party and the parliamentary group in question. The survey values Bob up and down at 15 percent at the Federal level. In the European elections on may 26. May the SPD, threaten, but also of the Union, according to a survey by losses. The CDU and CSU after the Insa survey for the “image”newspaper (Saturday), at 30 percent, and would lose in comparison to the European elections 2014, more than 5 points. The SPD will therefore be 15 percent, which would mean almost half of your earnings in 2014.

The Minister-President of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Manuela Schwesig (SPD), took Nahles and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) in the light of the low Mood. “I don’t think the bad poll numbers to push two people alone in the shoes,” she told the “daily mirror”. “Our Problem is that we talk too much about poll numbers and too little about the issues that concern the people.” It “delivers” the SPD – such as lower social security contributions, and secure pensions. Asked about speculation that she’d traded in the SPD as Nahles, the successor, said Schwesig: “Of such a plan games, I don’t believe in.”

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