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Martin Schulz MEP

Assumed office 
July 5, 2004
Preceded by Enrique Baron Crespo

Member of the European Parliament
for Germany
Assumed office 
July 19, 1994

Mayor of Würselen
In office
1987 – 1988

Born December 20, 1955 (1955-12-20) (age 54)
Germany Hehlrath, Germany
Nationality German
Political party SPD / PES
Occupation Politician
Profession Bookseller, Politician

Martin Schulz (born on 20 December 1955 in Hehlrath) is a German politician and Member of the European Parliament for the Social Democratic Party of Germany, former chairman of the Party of European Socialists group and chairman of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, and a substitute for the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.

As part of a deal between the Party of European Socialists and the conservative European People's Party, he is expected to be elected President of the European Parliament in 2012.[1]



  • 1975-1977: Apprentice bookseller
  • 1977-1982: Worked in various bookshops and publishing houses
  • 1982-1994: Bookshop proprietor
  • 1991-1999: Member of the SPD Party Council
  • since 1995: Member of the Mittelrhein SPD Executive
  • since 1996: Chairman of the Aachen District SPD
  • since 1999: Member of the SPD Federal Executive
  • 1984-1999: Municipal Councillor, Würselen
  • 1987-1998: Mayor of Würselen
  • since 1994: Member of the European Parliament
  • 1994-1996: PES Group coordinator, Subcommittee on Human Rights
  • 1996-2000: PES Group coordinator, Committee on Civil Liberties and Home Affairs
  • 2000-2004: Chairman of the SPD group, European Parliament
  • 2002-2004: First Vice-Chairman of the PES Group
  • since 2004: Chairman of the PES Group

Berlusconi Incident

On July 2, 2003, one day after taking over the rotating presidency of the EU Council of Ministers, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy was heavily criticised by MEP Martin Schulz because of Berlusconi's domestic policy. Berlusconi replied:

"Signor Schulz, so che in Italia c'è un produttore che sta montando un film sui campi di concentramento nazisti: la suggerirò per il ruolo di kapò. Lei è perfetto!
In English: "Mister Schulz, I know a movie-producer in Italy, who is making a film about Nazi concentration-camps. I will suggest you to play the role of a Kapo (concentration-camp inmate appointed as supervisor). You are perfect!"

Berlusconi later claimed he was referring to the comedy-series Hogan's Heroes, where a slow-witted character named Sgt. Hans Georg Schultz, played by John Banner, starred.

Even though Berlusconi insisted that he was just ironic [2], his comparisons with the Nazis caused a brief diplomatic rift between Italy and Germany.


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