Merkel vs. Schulz: TV duel ahead of Germany’s election

– Right-leaning Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Chancellor Angela Merkel and her left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD)  rival Martin Schulz faced off in Germany’s only live televised debate ahead of the general election on September 24 on ARD, RTL, Sat.1 and ZDF.

– The polls are heavily in Merkel’s favor as she campaigns for a fourth term, with the CDU at 37 percent and the SPD at only 23 percent.

– Although there are five parties in the Bundestag, only the candidates of the two largest parties, likely to be chancellor, were invited to take part in the ‘duel’ as it is known.

Read the debate highlights on the Deutsche Welle (in English).