Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz
Martin Schulz
Leader of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats
Assumed office
5 July 2004
Preceded by Enrique Baron Crespo
Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
Assumed office
19 July 1994
Personal details
Born 20 December 1955 (1955-12-20) (age 55)
Hehlrath, West Germany
(now Germany)
Political party Social Democratic Party
Website Official website

Martin Schulz (born on 20 December 1955 in Hehlrath) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament for the Social Democratic Party of Germany, since 2004 leader of the Socialists in the European Parliament (formerly called the Party of European Socialists group and since 2009 called the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats).



  • 1975-1977: Apprentice bookseller
  • 1977-1982: Worked in various bookshops and publishing houses
  • 1982-1994: Bookshop proprietor
  • 1991-1999: Member of the SPD Party Council
  • since 1995: Member of the Mittelrhein SPD Executive
  • since 1996: Chairman of the Aachen District SPD
  • since 1999: Member of the SPD Federal Executive
  • 1984-1999: Municipal Councillor, Würselen
  • 1987-1998: Mayor of Würselen
  • since 1994: Member of the European Parliament
  • 1994-1996: PES Group coordinator, Subcommittee on Human Rights
  • 1996-2000: PES Group coordinator, Committee on Civil Liberties and Home Affairs
  • 2000-2004: Chairman of the German Socialist (SPD) delegation, European Parliament
  • 2002-2004: First Vice-Chairman of the PES Group
  • since 2009: Chairman of the PES and then S&D Group

Berlusconi incident

On July 2, 2003, one day after taking over the rotating presidency of the EU Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy was heavily criticised by MEP Martin Schulz because of Berlusconi's domestic policy. Berlusconi replied:

"Signor Schulz, so che in Italia c'è un produttore che sta montando un film sui campi di concentramento nazisti: la suggerirò per il ruolo di kapò. Lei è perfetto!
In English: "Mister Schulz, I know of a movie-producer in Italy who is making a film about Nazi concentration-camps. I will recommend you for the part of a Kapo (concentration-camp inmate appointed as supervisor). You are perfect!"

Berlusconi later claimed he was referring to the comedy-series Hogan's Heroes, where a slow-witted character named Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz, played by John Banner, starred.

Even though Berlusconi insisted that he was just ironic,[1] his comparisons with the Nazis caused a brief diplomatic rift between Italy and Germany.


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