Withdrawal announced: SPD leader Walter-Borjans stops

Status: 10/29/2021 10:23 a.m.

Norbert Walter-Borjans has announced his retirement from the top of the SPD. He no longer wants to run for party chairmanship in December.

The SPD co-chairman Norbert Walter-Borjans does not want to apply again for the party chairmanship at the party conference on December 11th. According to the WDR, the 69-year-old has already informed the party committees about the move in the morning.

Walter-Borjans has been leading the SPD in a dual leadership with Saskia Esken since 2019. The two had surprisingly prevailed in a membership decision on the party chairmanship. From 2010 to 2017 Walter-Borjans was Minister of Finance in North Rhine-Westphalia.

“Now younger people should take it.”

He told the “Rheinische Post” that the chairmanship was “not associated with any further career planning from the outset, but with the goal of getting the party on course”. With this mission he has come so far “that I can say: Now younger people should get on with it”.

At the time of his election, the SPD was sometimes well below 20 percent in surveys. In the federal election at the end of September, the SPD achieved 25.7 percent and was just about the strongest force ahead of the Union.


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