Merkel’s One-Time Ally Steinbrueck Forges Platform to Unseat Her

Merkel’s One-Time Ally Steinbrueck Forges Platform to Unseat Her

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Steinbrueck, the finance minister in Merkel’s first-term coalition who is now vying to unseat her at Sept. 22 federal elections, needs to overcome an 18 percentage- point deficit in the polls, while his personal rating, already low, is on the decline.