Photo Gallery: Schulz's Failed Effort to Unseat Merkel 10/12/2017
  When Martin Schulz took over the reins of the Social Democratic Party in...
Hermann Bredehorst/ DER SPIEGEL

When Martin Schulz took over the reins of the Social Democratic Party in early 2017, he rocketed upward in the polls. It even looked for a time as though he might unseat Chancellor Angela Merkel. But then, his campaign stalled -- and never again gained traction.