Martin Schulz took an unconventional path to power.
From humble beginnings, the one-time high school dropout rose to become one of the most powerful men in Europe.
But now, the term of the plain-talking German Social Democrat as president of the Eurpean Parliament – one of the European Union’s top three positions – is drawing to a close. He will step down in January next year, just months ahead of German federal elections.
The question many are now asking: Will Mr. Schulz, 60, leave behind his impressive legacy in Europe to seek a political encore in Berlin?
For now at least, Mr. Schulz is telling everyone no.