Social Democrat challenger Peer Steinbrück made some slight gains in the opinion polls nine days before Germany's general elections on Friday, but grabbed more headlines for his middle-finger-waving appearance in a weekly newspaper supplement.
It looks like Martin Schulz is about to become another in a line of middle-aged male Social Democrat candidates to come second in an election to Chancellor Angela Merkel. So what exactly does the SPD stand for?
Amidst more bad news in opinion polls, Social Democratic chancellor candidate Martin Schulz went on the attack at the party conference in Dortmund. But does he have the policies and charisma to make up a huge deficit?
Germany's "super election year" of 2017 is underway: State parliamentary elections have begun in the German state of Saarland. Suddenly, everyone has their eye on Germany's smallest state.
Peer Steinbrück, Germany's former finance minister and the SPD's 2013 candidate to challenge Angela Merkel for the chancellorship, will step down from his seat in parliament. He is one of the biggest names in the SPD.
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