German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced down growing frustration in her party over concessions made in coalition talks with the Social Democrats, saying that she’s confident the two sides will strike an accord within days.
German election challenger Peer Steinbrueck probably failed to close Chancellor Angela Merkel’s lead in the polls during the campaign’s only debate, as they sparred over the economy and the euro-region debt crisis.
Chancellor Angela Merkel wound up her campaign for a historic third term with an appeal to voters to back her defense of the euro as Social Democrat Peer Steinbrueck pledged to give Germany renewed direction.
Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed the opposition’s campaign platform as bad for Germany, as she sought to close down her main challenger Peer Steinbrueck’s chances of entering government after the federal election.
The world is a grim place in the wake of the financial crisis, and it won’t get better soon, says Peer Steinbrueck , the German Social Democrat who served as finance minister under Angela Merkel from 2005 to 2009.