Ber­lin, Ger­many

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Merkel races ahead: Bar­ring a Theresa May-style col­lapse in sup­port over the com­ing weeks, An­gela Merkel looks cer­tain to be re-elected as chan­cel­lor next month, with polls putting her CDU party 12% to 17% ahead of the SPD at the start of the six-week cam­paign. The par­ties, which cur­rently gov­ern in a “grand coali­tion”, had been neck and neck in the polls just a few months ago. Sup­port for the SPD had surged after it picked Martin Schulz, a com­bat­ive left-winger, as its can­di­date for chan­cel­lor. How­ever, the “Schulz ef­fect” proved short-lived, and the SPD has done badly in re­gional elec­tions. Merkel launched her cam­paign last week­end with a pop­ulist at­tack on Ger­man car­mak­ers over diesel emis­sions test rig­ging.

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