Photo Gallery: The SPD's Gaffe-Prone Candidate

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Amateur Hour at the SPD Merkel Challenger Steinbrück Fails to Find His Feet

Germany's Social Democrats had hoped that former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrück could topple Chancellor Angela Merkel in this year's elections. But his campaign has thus far been characterized by a series of damaging blunders. Support from within his own party is beginning to crumble. By SPIEGEL Staff
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan