Pro­fes­sor: Martin Schulz’s be­com­ing Ger­many’s For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter would not be good for Latvia

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The pos­si­bil­ity of Martin Schulz, leader of So­cial Demo­cratic Party of Ger­many, be­com­ing the coun­try’s for­eign affairs min­is­ter would not be de­sir­able for Latvia, said Prof. Ojārs Sku­dra of the So­cial Sci­ences Fac­ulty of Univer­sity of Latvia. He ex­plains that there is no rea­son for Latvia to be happy about this de­vel­op­ment, be­cause SDP stands in favour of lift­ing sanc­tions against Rus­sia and rec­og­niz­ing Crimea de facto as ter­ri­tory part of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion. At the same time, Sku­dra is scep­ti­cal about Schulz step­ping down as the party’s leader and taking up post in as For­eign Affairs Min­is­ter. Ac­cord­ing to the pro­fes­sor, such a step would be con­sid­ered se­ri­ously only if the vote re­gard­ing joint for­ma­tion of the gov­ern­ment be­tween SPD and Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s con­ser­va­tive block (CDU/CSU) turns out pos­i­tive. «Right now it is no more than spec­u­la­tion. In this case it is un­clear which post would be given to Ger­many’s cur­rent for­eign affairs min­is­ter Sig­mar Gabriel. We should also re­mem­ber that dur­ing Bun­destag elec­tions, Schulz’s slo­gan was that there would not be a ‘large coali­tion’ and that he would not work in Merkel’s gov­ern­ment. Now it seems he has changed his mind about the coali­tion and even plans to take of­fice as for­eign affairs min­is­ter. Such a move would go against what he had promised dur­ing the pre-elec­tion cam­paign,» said Sku­dra. The expert points out that it is cur­rently hard to pre­dict how mem­bers of SPD might vote in the in­ter­nal ref­er­en­dum. Sku­dra says chances are 50/50. Sku­dra is scep­ti­cal about the chances there be­ing a large num­ber of sup­port­ers for the

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