Martin Schulz is a German politician from the SPD. He heads the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and is President of the European Parliament.
Schulz made the headlines when he was attacked by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi in 2003, by UK MEP Godfrey Bloom in 2010 – and when he made a controversial statement in his speech to the Israeli parliament, the Knesset in 2014. Schulz says he fluently speaks German, English, French, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
Leading Social Democrats have agreed to back conservative candidate Jean-Claude Juncker as the next president of the European Commission. It comes just days before EU leaders are to meet to try to decide the issue.
European parliamentary election campaigns have traditionally been anonymous affairs. This time around, Martin Schulz has given a face to his faction, the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats. The former bookseller and current president of the European Parliament has a good chance of becoming President of the European Commission. Who is the man behind the face on the billboards?