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Martin Schulz, Europe’s other German

The President of the European Parliament has tried to raise the profile of his institution and played the go-between between EU leaders. The next step for him? Heading the European Commission after the 2014 elections. But that will not be so easy.

Published on 14 May 2013 at 15:23

At the “Parlamentarium”, the snazzy visitors’ centre of the European Parliament in Brussels, an exhibit displays video messages and objects left by leading MEPs. Martin Schulz, the parliament’s president, picked a chunk of masonry: a piece from a low wall that once separated Germany and The Netherlands. “The wall is no longer there, thanks to the EU,” declares Mr Schulz.

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