With voting taking place on Sept. 24, Martin Schulz’s left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) trail Merkel’s conservatives by around 14 percentage points.
Schulz challenged her to a second debate in a letter, arguing that they failed to address many key issues in the first encounter on Sept. 3, billed as a one-off and in which he, at times, rattled the chancellor.
Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party rejected the idea, with an official saying: “Angela Merkel enjoyed taking part in the a TV duel. The format worked out well. And she is leaving it at that.”
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