Kühnert was re-elected as chairman and also plans to join the SPD’s federal executive committee in the near future.
The federal congress of the ‘Jusos’ (“Young Socialists”) has elected Kevin Kühnert as chairman for another two years. The 30-year-old Berlin resident ran for re-election without a rival candidate and received 88.6 percent of the votes. He thus improved the result of his first election in 2017, when almost 76 percent of the delegates had expressed their confidence in him.
In his speech, Kühnert had underpinned his ambitions for a seat on the new SPD federal executive. “We have said that we want to assume responsibility in the SPD. We want it to become younger and more diverse. We haven’t yet done terribly much to implement this,” Kühnert stated. But he left it open whether he would like to take on one of the influential deputy posts, as he had said in previous interviews.
Kühnert’s steps in the party are observed with excitement. His regular start for a second term as Juso leader falls into the decisive phase of the SPD’s personnel realignment. Until next Friday, the approximately 425,000 party members will be able to cast their votes in the party-wide ballot for the party leadership.
Kevin wants to get out of the neoliberal swamp
In Schwerin, Kühnert confirmed the support of the Jusos for Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans. The positioning of the left-wing candidate duo is intended to call into question the status quo of the SPD and the status quo of the Grand Coalition. “We want the SPD to get out of the neoliberal swamp and to credibly underpin this with personnel decisions,” Kühnert said.
In contrast to the competitors for the double leadership, Klara Geywitz and Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Esken and Walter-Borjans, like the Jusos, are critical of the current coalition and lean toward snap elections.