Incumbent CDU Chancellor Angela Merkel and her SPD challenger Peer Steinbrück faced off against each in their only live TV debate that overall was very calm and sober.
Three weeks before Germans go to the polls, the top candidates for chancellor, Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrück, are to lock horns on TV. It's the only such debate ahead of the vote, although the opposition wanted two.
Chancellor Angela Merkel faced challenger Peer Steinbrück in their only TV debate before German elections. The winner remains unclear. Analysts and pollsters say the debate will have only a marginal effect on the vote.
German political junkies have been treated to a TV debate for a second night running. After Chancellor Merkel and her SPD challenger faced off, candidates from three smaller parties gave viewers to a heated exchange.
Angela Merkel is the odds-on favorite in the German elections on September 22. Her main challenger, Peer Steinbrück of the Social Democrats, is struggling on many fronts. But there’s still room for surprises.