Martin Schulz started his political career at 19 when he joined the Social Democratic Party of Germany. Aged 31, he was elected as the youngest mayor of North Rhine-Westphalia, a post he held for 11 years. Schulz has been an MEP since 1994 and was elected as group leader of the S&D group in 2004. He was elected president of the European Parliament on 17 January 2012 and on 1 July 2014 was re-elected for a further two and a half years. Schulz is the first ever EP president to be re-elected.
“Isn’t it rather that Europe turns away from the people?” This question from a Danish woman during a debate on why people turn away from Europe got Martin Schulz thinking for months. “This sentence really touched me," he told us a few months later in an interview. "Maybe it isn’t true, but we have to take this seriously, otherwise the European Union will fail.” (Read more: Martin Schulz: bringing Europe closer to the people)
MEPs re-elected Martin Schulz as President of the European Parliament on Tuesday morning for another two and a half year term. The 58-year old German MEP will lead Parliament until January 2017. He won 409 out of 612 valid votes cast in the first ballot. (Read more: Martin Schulz re-elected President of the European Parliament)