SPD Picks a Candidate Steinbrück to Challenge Merkel for Chancellery

After months of speculation, Germany's Social Democrats have finally settled on former German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück to run against the chancellor in 2013 general elections. Analysts say he could prove dangerous to Merkel.
SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück together with Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2009, when he was finance minister in Merkel's cabinet.

SPD chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrück together with Chancellor Angela Merkel in 2009, when he was finance minister in Merkel's cabinet.

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