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German Election Debate With Merkel Is Must-Win for Rival Schulz

  • Chancellor candidates go head-to-head three weeks before vote
  • Merkel is front-runner heading into lone 90-minute TV clash

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s main election opponent has 90 minutes to tighten the race in their only televised debate, injecting an evening of suspense into a campaign that’s yet to see the incumbent break her stride toward a fourth term.

Lecterns for Merkel and Social Democratic challenger Martin Schulz are set up at a Berlin studio for Sunday’s clash, and moderators from four networks have prepared questions on migration, security, foreign policy and ensuring a fair society. Though Merkel sought tight control over the ground rules, the candidates will have a bit more freedom to interact than in previous debates.