SPD stands for Sozialdemokratische Partei Deutschlands and is one of the main political parties in Germany.

It is the oldest party in the German parliament, having been founded in the 2nd half of the 19th Century.

The following politicians belonged or belong to the party: Willy Brandt, Gerhard Schröder, Kurt Beck, Franz Müntefering, Erich Ollenhauer and Helmut Schmidt.

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Graham Tappenden is a British ex-pat who first came to Germany as a placement student in 1993, returning in 1995 to live there permanently. He has been writing for AllThingsGerman.net since 2006. When not writing blog posts or freelancing for the Oberurseler Woche and other publications he works as a self-employed IT consultant and online community manager. In 2016 he gained German citizenship.


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