'Achilles Heel' Merkel's Conservatives Divided as Campaign Begins

With the Social Democrats surging in the polls after choosing Martin Schulz as their candidate for chancellor, the German election campaign has begun. But Chancellor Merkel's conservatives are deeply divided -- and trying in vain to paper over their differences.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer trying to look like they like each other on Monday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bavarian Governor Horst Seehofer trying to look like they like each other on Monday.

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Sign at a protest in London

Sign at a protest in London

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