Leader of German Social Democratic Party resigns

Following poor results for her party at the European Parliament elections in May, and a lack of support from her party colleagues, Andrea Nahles announced her resignation as leader of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) and its parliamentary group on June 2, 2019.

While the party decides on Nahles' successor, potentially through a members vote, three vice presidents of the SPD will lead the party on an interim basis. Interim chairman of the parliamentary group will be Rold Mützenich.

The move by Andrea Nahles is seen by many as a threat to the current parliamentary coalition. The election of a new party leader will take several weeks.

News article - Deutsche Welle