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Germany’s Social Democrats elect new leadership at party conference

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Just days after taking office as the main party in Germany’s new coalition government, the Social Democrats (SPD) elected a new leadership team for their party at a one-day conference in Berlin on Saturday. A largely digital SPD congress elected the party’s current secretary general, Lars Klingbeil, to join current co-leader Saskia Esken at the head of the party, giving him 86.3 per cent of the vote. Esken was also separately confirmed in her position with 76.7 per cent of vote. “Some people no longer expected that social democratic parties could be successful. But there are strong social demo…

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