German Social Democratic politician Martin Schulz said on Thursday that he will not run for a third term as president of the European Parliament, DW.
He said he would, instead, run to represent his home state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) in the Bundestag, the lower house of German parliament.
During his five years as president of the European Parliament, Schulz said he had achieved a lot in his efforts to increase the visibility and credibility of European policy.
The outgoing EU president said he will remain closely linked to the European project, even if he's only able to implement it from Berlin.
"European integration is, in my opinion, the biggest civilization project of the past centuries," Schulz said.
"I want to make a contribution in closing the gaps between countries."
The rumour has it Schulz can be proposed as the Social Democratic Party's (SPD) candidate for chancellor in next year's German elections.