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Merkel's Election Rivals Roll Out the Big Guns to Narrow Gap

  • German SPD grandees slam Merkel on diesel scandal, Trump ties
  • SPD’s Schulz, Merkel step up campaigning for Sept. 24 election
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Angela Merkel kicked off her re-election campaign by launching a stinging attack on Germany's car chiefs. Her main challenger, Social Democrat Martin Schulz, in the upcoming election also took aim at car industry managers in the first weekend of campaigning. Bloomberg's Tony Czuczka reports on 'Bloomberg Daybreak: Europe.' (Source: Bloomberg)

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Angela Merkel’s main rivals for the Chancellery stepped up their criticism of her handling of Germany’s domestic and international agenda, slamming her for failing to address the diesel scandal rocking the auto industry and accusing her of kowtowing to President Donald Trump.

Six weeks before federal elections that will determine whether Merkel wins a fourth term, Social Democratic Party grandees went on the attack in a bid to help her SPD challenger, Martin Schulz, reel in a poll lead for Merkel’s bloc of as much as 17 percentage points.