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>> This is for sure a difficult moment in->> That was Martin Schulz on Donald Trump's surprise election victory last year. Now the former president of the European parliament could be creating a populist upset of his own. Schulz, the Chancellor candidate for Germany's center left Social Democrat Party is holding meetings across the country to rally support.
Reuters Chief Correspondent in Berlin Paul Carroll was at his latest party meeting in the city of.>> Well, Schultz is a new face in German politics, having spent most of his career in Brussels, and that's what people like about him. Where he's not tarnished by the grand coalition that has seen Angela Merkel's conservatives and the social democrats, Schultz' party.
Work together for 7 of the last 11 years. He hasn't been a part of our other compromises that were made in that time.Shultz is seeking to reenergize his parties base by distinguishing social democrats from cracking conservatives.>> A poll on Sunday revealed that social democrats had moved ahead of Merkel's conservatives.
For the first time since 2006. Boosted by the appointment of Schulz as the candidate to challenge her at the ballot boxes. Another poll on Monday put Merkel's block back on top. Schulz has implied that Merkel's government is moving too far to the The right, out of sheer desperation at an increase in support for the far right Alternative for Deutschland.
>> Well, to win back support for her party, Merkel needs to reenergize her party base and stress her credentials, which are her tremendous experience. She's been in power Power now for over 11 years. She's seen by many people as a stability anchor in Europe and of course security is very much a strong suit for her party.
So she needs to stress that for the record on the economy. Unemployment here is very low, so she hammers home those points. And attack Schultz's lack of experience, that could help her.