Tag: Germany

Germany’s social democrats

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After Martin Schulz became leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and was nominated as its candidate for the German chancellery, it looked like a political myth had finally been proved wrong. Up until the nomination of Schulz in Spring 2017, the narrative had prevailed that the Social Democratic Party had lost its popular base,… Read more »

Explaining the Martin Schulz phenomenon

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At first glance, the resurrection of the German SPD looks like a miracle. Only two months ago, the party seemed to be dried out after the second term as junior partner in a grand coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel. The polls saw the SPD permanently at historic lows of 20 per cent. There was not… Read more »

Co-determination before the European Court of Justice: No applause for the European Commission, please

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On 24 January 2017, the highly-anticipated hearing concerning corporate co-determination (Erzberger vs TUI, C-566/15) took place before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). TUI is a German-based transnational tourism corporate group. The plaintiff in the main proceedings, Mr. Erzberger, holds TUI shares worth 130 Euro and is suing “his” company for… Read more »