Uphill Battle Merkel Challenger Schulz Hopes Debate Will Turn the Tide

Martin Schulz, the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, faces a steep uphill battle if he wants to unseat Angela Merkel. He is hoping that next weekend's debate might breathe new life into his campaign. And he may not be wrong.
SPD chancellor candidate Martin Schulz.

SPD chancellor candidate Martin Schulz.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the campaign trail.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the campaign trail.

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Chancellor Angela Merkel debating then-SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück in 2013

Chancellor Angela Merkel debating then-SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück in 2013

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