The Downfall of Andrea Nahles A Year with the Doomed SPD Chairwoman

Andrea Nahles had hoped to rejuvenate Germany's Social Democratic Party. But after just over a year as party chair, she threw in the towel amid an unceasing storm of criticism. What went wrong?
Von Lena Niethammer
Andrea Nahles together with actresses during an appearance in summer 2018

Andrea Nahles together with actresses during an appearance in summer 2018

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Andrea Nahles on June 3, a day after suddenly announcing that she was stepping away from leadership of the SPD.

Andrea Nahles on June 3, a day after suddenly announcing that she was stepping away from leadership of the SPD.

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Nahles says that her Christian faith actually made it more difficult for her to deal with criticism.

Nahles says that her Christian faith actually made it more difficult for her to deal with criticism.

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Andrea Nahles in 1995, the year she was chosen to lead the youth wing of the SPD.

Andrea Nahles in 1995, the year she was chosen to lead the youth wing of the SPD.

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