Dhe SPD co-chair Saskia Esken can very well imagine forming a dual leadership with Lars Klingbeil in the future. She has been working closely with the SPD general secretary for many years, said Esken on Monday in the ARD “Morgenmagazin”. The 43-year-old Klingbeil is an “architect of the renewal of the SPD” and she values him very much. “In so far this is a constellation that I can very well imagine.”
The SPD leadership wants to clarify their future party leadership this Monday. The incumbent chairmen Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans would like to submit a proposal to the board in the morning. The 69-year-old Walter-Borjans has already announced his retirement, while the 60-year-old Esken wants to compete again. It is expected that it will remain with a dual leadership and that Secretary General Klingbeil will also apply.
Of course, it would also be exciting to work as a minister in a future coalition, said Esken on ARD about her decision to apply for the party chairmanship again. But in the past two years she has also “shown effectiveness” as party leader. As an election campaign manager, Klingbeil played a decisive role in the SPD’s victory in the federal elections. When he announced his withdrawal, Walter-Borjans had declared that younger people should now take the helm. The SPD leadership is to be elected at a party congress from December 10th to 12th.