Election Anxiety SPD in Self-Destruct Mode

Germany's Social Democrats are busy wrecking their chances of winning the September 22 election. The three leaders, exasperated at their party's disastrous opinion polls, are no longer bothering even to hide their mutual mistrust.
Not the best of friends: SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück (R) and party chairman Sigmar Gabriel.

Not the best of friends: SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück (R) and party chairman Sigmar Gabriel.

Britta Pedersen/ dpa
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan