German Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck said he’ll rely on a get-out-the-vote operation targeting disaffected voters in the final weeks of the September election to defeat Chancellor Angela Merkel.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel signaled she’ll push Europe to balance economic growth and budget restraint for another four years as she laid out her campaign themes for winning a third term in September.
German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere came under renewed pressure to step down after the cancellation of a spy-drone project, as lawmakers quizzed him over a report his ministry withheld information from parliament.
German Social Democratic chancellor candidate Peer Steinbrueck fired his chief spokesman following a succession of campaign gaffes as his bid to unseat Angela Merkel in Sept. 22 elections fails to gain traction.
German Defense Minister Thomas de Maiziere, a confidant of Chancellor Angela Merkel, denied bungling a spy-drone project he halted in May and said extra costs disputed by Northrop Grumman Corp. were partly to blame.
A leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party said the opposition Social Democrats, who are slumping in the polls, may break their word and team up with the former East German communists in a bid to regain power.