Martin Schulz is the left-wing politician from Germany who served as an MEP from 1994 to 2017. He also served as the leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany from March 2017 until February 2018. From 2012 to 2017 he held the position of President of the European Parliament. Schulz also challenged Merkel for the German Chancellorship in 2017 as a candidate for the SDP.
It is thought that Schulz would have been a professional football player if not for a meniscus tear that threw him into a state of depression where he was consumed by alcoholism and chain smoking for a number of years. He also trained to be a bookseller before his political career and opened his own bookshop in Würselen in 1982.
In his former role as president of the European Parliament, Mr Schulz accused David Cameron of “taking a whole continent hostage for a party’s internal struggle” with last year’s referendum and warned Brexit could result in the “mutual humiliation” of Britain and the EU.
He is a determined Europhile and one of the few people in Europe who are committed to not letting Britain have its way in the negotiations. He also floated the idea of a United States of Europe a while back. He enjoys substantial popularity in Germany as well within the European Parliament.