Incumbent CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel and her SPD challenger Peer Steinbrück faced off against each in their only live TV debate that overall was very calm and sober.
Germans are voting in an election that is likely to see Chancellor Angela Merkel win a third term. But it is by no means certain that she will end up governing with her favored partners.
Angela Merkel is the odds-on favorite in the German elections on September 22. Her main challenger, Peer Steinbrück of the Social Democrats, is struggling on many fronts. But there’s still room for surprises.
Seasoned campaign manager Frank Stauss says he's been left yawning at the election offensives of the two main rivals in Germany's federal polls this year, the Christian Democrats and the Social Democrats.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and the issues discussed in the German election campaign have sparked headlines abroad, notably in Turkey and Greece. Each country has a very different relationship with Germany.