German Social Democrat Arne Lietz says his party “failed miserably” in the 2017 elections.
However Lietz said the results would have been even worse if Martin Schulz had not been the SPD’s chancellor candidate. Why did the Social Democrats do so poorly with German voters? What responsibility does the SPD bear for the surge in support for the far right, populist Alternative for Germany, the AfD? Is this a turning point for Germany? Michel Friedman meets Arne Lietz on Conflict Zone. Get involved in the debate below! Conflict Zone is Deutsche Welle’s top political interview. Every week, our hosts Tim Sebastian and Michel Friedman are face-to-face with global decision-makers, seeking straight answers to straight questions, putting the spotlight on controversial issues and calling the powerful to account.