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.
Former Labor Minister Andrea Nahles looks set to be the first woman to head Germany's Social Democrats. SPD members are hoping that she can help reinvent the party within its new grand coalition government.
Thousands of brand-new members of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) may very well be the ones who decide on whether Germany will be governed by a grand coalition with Angela Merkel at its helm. What are they after?
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 CDU and SPD candidates for chancellor are set for the key debate broadcast on all four main TV stations with more than 15 million expected to watch. Merkel is tipped to come out ahead of Schulz.
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