Cur­ricu­lum vi­tae

The Guardian - - INTERNATIONAL - Kate Con­nolly

As a youth, Martin Schulz, now 61, had been well on his way to be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional foot­baller when a menis­cus tear put paid to his dreams and he fell into a state of de­pres­sion, al­co­holism and chain-smok­ing. He trained as a book­seller and is known to be a vo­ra­cious reader, with a pen­chant for his­tor­i­cal bi­ogra­phies; he has cited the works of Eric Hob­s­bawm, John Stein­beck (be­low) and Giuseppe To­masi di Lampe­dusa as among his favourites. He is pro­fi­cient in six lan­guages, His po­lit­i­cal ca­reer be­gan in 1987 when he be­came the mayor of Würse­len, near Aachen, a post he held for 11 years. He has been a mem­ber of the Euro­pean par­lia­ment since 1994, and head of the SPD MEPs since 2000. In 2012 he was elected to the post of pres­i­dent of the Euro­pean par­lia­ment. In the same year Schulz re­ceived the No­bel peace prize on be­half of the EU. He has been a mem­ber of the SPD’s ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee since 1999.

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