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Schaeuble Says Merkel Delivered on Economy as Third Term Teeters

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble said his government has delivered on the economy as he cited a balanced budget and record-low joblessness among the reasons for voters to give the coalition four more years.

Schaeuble, addressing his first election campaign rally since returning from vacation, sprinkled a message of hope and economic achievement with warnings that voters can’t take a rerun of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government for granted. The coalition only has a 50-50 chance of being re-elected on Sept. 22, he told a crowd of about 300 people in the western town of Guetersloh yesterday.