Germany's Merkel to face Schulz in TV debate

2017-04-25 22:53
(Michael Sohn, AP)

(Michael Sohn, AP)

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Berlin - German broadcasters say that Chancellor Angela Merkel will face challenger Martin Schulz in a single televised debate three weeks before the country's national election.

Public television stations ARD and ZDF and private broadcaters RTL and SAT.1 said on Tuesday that they will jointly host the live debate on September 3.

Conservative Merkel is seeking a fourth term in the September 24 vote and faces a challenge from centre-left Social Democrat Schulz, a former head of the European Parliament who secured his party's nomination earlier this year.

This will be the fifth election in which the two contenders for the chancellery have held televised debates. There were two debates between then-Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and challenger Edmund Stoiber in 2002, but at every election since there has only been one debate.

Read more on:    angela merkel  |  germany  |  elections

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