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.
On Sunday evening, Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes to reach agreement with rebellious Bavaria conservatives over migrant policy. But Social Democrats have also chimed in with a wish list of their own on the issue.
Some Social Democrats want their ex-leader to take another turn as a candidate — this time for the 2019 European elections. He has the Brussels experience, but would he be a good standard-bearer for Europe's center-left?
The German chancellor is heading to Brussels on Thursday to try to secure a deal on migrants and save her government. But things on the home front look grim amid a Bavarian rebellion within her own conservative bloc.
Accused of taking too soft a stance on the far-right, Germany's domestic spy chief got a grilling in parliament. But his answers reassured his boss, Interior Minister Seehofer, he's the right man for the job.
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