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.
Germans are voting in an election that is likely to see Chancellor Angela Merkel win a third term. But it is by no means certain that she will end up governing with her favored partners.