The SPD announced on 17 October that they will have a joint leadership (“Doppelspitze”) for the elections, with the Federal Justice Minister, Katarina Barley, joining current S&D Chairman Udo Bullmann.  Barley has served as Federal minister of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. She worked as a corporate lawyer, judge and legal adviser to the government before becoming a member of the Bundestag in 2013 and becoming Secretary-General of the SPD from 2015-2017. She has joint British and German citizenship, with her British father working for the German broadcaster, Deutsche Welle.

In finalising the list, the party has kept faith with the majority of sitting MEPs who take most of the top spots. However based on the latest poll the SDP are facing a major set-back, with support down to 16.5% compared to 27% in 2014. This could see them drop almost half their seats, down from 27 to 14-15, whihc would put at risk a number of well known MEPs such as Evelyne Gebhardt,  Joachim Schuster, Martina Werner, Knut Fleckenstein, Iris Hoffmann and Jo Leinen.

Only 4  of the current 27 SPD MEPs are not standing again: Sylvia-Yvonne Kaufmann,  Susanne Melior, Gabriele Preuss, Ulrike Rodust.

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