"Something has gone out of kilter in our country. Germany needs a new balance," said party leader sigmar gabriel at the end of a "future congress" of the SPD parliamentary group. A balance between democracy and the market, the economy and social security, the top and the bottom: 1.3 million postcards are to be sent out to citizens to express their ideas for shaping germany.
The SPD formulates a clear claim to power one year before the federal election. "We are playing to win, not to place," said frank-walter steinmeier, chairman of the parliamentary group. One does not want to end up as a junior partner in a rough coalition. Alongside former finance minister peer steinbruck and party leader gabriel, he is seen as a possible candidate for chancellorship.