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.
Two new studies have revealed how small groups of far-right activists spread hate speech before Germany's election last year. Their highly organized approach and hierarchical structure reportedly amplified the effect.
Schulz challenged German Chancellor Merkel to a second debate, arguing they had failed to discuss several key issues during the first TV duel. Schulz failed to dent Merkel's opinion poll lead after the first encounter.
Candidates from the Left party, the Greens, the FDP, the CSU and the AfD convened for a somewhat chaotic TV debate. The most interesting moments came when the politicians were allowed to ask one another questions.
Germany decides in less than a month whether to give German chancellor Angela Merkel one more term. The latest poll puts the CDU ahead - and sees the right-wing AfD as the third largest political force.
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