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Letter from Berlin Franco-German Left Mired in Difficulties

Germany's Social Democrats had hoped that François Hollande's victory last spring would provide them with some momentum. But Friday's visit to Paris by SPD candidate Peer Steinbrück has highlighted the difficulties facing the European left. A renaissance this election year seems unlikely.
SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück visited French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Friday.

SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück visited French President Francois Hollande in Paris on Friday.

DPA
With reporting by Veit Medick in Paris