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Leonid Bershidsky

The Global Left Has a Plan to Combat Populism

But German socialists and their allies may need bigger ideas to stall a populist takeover of democracies.
Wanted: big ideas.

Wanted: big ideas.

Photographer: Tobias Schwarz/AFP -- Getty Images

The man who would depose Angela Merkel as German chancellor also has a global plan: To reverse the onslaught of nationalism and populism.

Martin Schulz, the Social Democrat (SPD) candidate for the chancellorship, laid out that vision in Berlin on Monday, speaking to comrades from the Progressive Alliance, an international group uniting socialist parties that is a testament to Germany's growing global political influence. Formed in 2013 as the SPD's brainchild, it includes the major European socialist parties as well as political forces from faraway lands, such as India's National Congress and the U.S. Democrats. Even Robby Mook, Hillary Clinton's former campaign manager, made an appearance this year to talk about politics in the post-truth era.