Rivals dodge each other in final campaign spurt

Rivals dodge each other in final campaign spurt

Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Social Democrat rival Peer Steinbrück will spend the next few days whizzing through the country in a final attempt to win votes. But they're managing to avoid each other - and sticking to their heartlands.

Top 10 weirdest election campaign moments

Top 10 weirdest election campaign moments

Merkel’s rival gives voters the middle finger

Merkel’s rival gives voters the middle finger

SPD supporters wary of Merkel coalition

SPD supporters wary of Merkel coalition

Reasons why the election matters to non-Germans

Reasons why the election matters to non-Germans

Your guide – the Social Democratic Party (SPD)

Your guide – the Social Democratic Party (SPD)

Steinbrück shrugs off ‘blackmail attempt’

Steinbrück shrugs off ‘blackmail attempt’

Steinbrück gains on Merkel but still trails

Steinbrück gains on Merkel but still trails

Merkel and rival play it safe in TV debate

Merkel and rival play it safe in TV debate

‘Why this is Germany’s most boring election’

‘Why this is Germany’s most boring election’

Social Democrats trail in polls despite anniversary

Social Democrats trail in polls despite anniversary

Politicians abandon election fight for holidays

Politicians abandon election fight for holidays

Merkel’s coalition seems set for election victory

Merkel’s coalition seems set for election victory

Are Germany’s high tax rates fair?

Are Germany’s high tax rates fair?

Merkel’s challenger publishes his Stasi files

Merkel’s challenger publishes his Stasi files

Merkel rival tries to kick-start campaign

Merkel rival tries to kick-start campaign

Merkel’s coalition hits winning poll position

Merkel’s coalition hits winning poll position

Social Democrats fail to increase appeal

Social Democrats fail to increase appeal

Italy’s president snubs Steinbrück over ‘clowns’

Italy’s president snubs Steinbrück over ‘clowns’

Steinbrück rallies SPD with justice speech

Steinbrück rallies SPD with justice speech

Steinbrück’s money ‘hurts party’s chances’

Steinbrück’s money ‘hurts party’s chances’

Steinbrück attacks Merkel over euro crisis

Steinbrück attacks Merkel over euro crisis

Steinbrück drops jobs but won’t publish income

Steinbrück drops jobs but won’t publish income

Steinbrück: We want to remove this government

Steinbrück: We want to remove this government

Steinbrück promises ‘fun election with jokes’

Steinbrück promises ‘fun election with jokes’

SPD turns from idea of working with Merkel

SPD turns from idea of working with Merkel

Steinbrück rules out new grand coalition

Steinbrück rules out new grand coalition

Boring Steinmeier charms his way back into Germany’s heart

Boring Steinmeier charms his way back into Germany’s heart

Steinbrück slaps down candidacy for ECB job

Steinbrück slaps down candidacy for ECB job

Poll places Steinbrück as possible Chancellor

Poll places Steinbrück as possible Chancellor

Steinbrück calls for global financial transaction tax at G20

Steinbrück calls for global financial transaction tax at G20

Steinbrück accuses UK of ‘having problems’ with financial reform

Steinbrück accuses UK of ‘having problems’ with financial reform

Steinbrück says bankers should pay for crisis

Steinbrück says bankers should pay for crisis

Money ministers warn of hard times to come

Money ministers warn of hard times to come

Pensions promise provokes SPD disagreement

Pensions promise provokes SPD disagreement

Steinbrück compares Switzerland to Burkina Faso in tax row

Steinbrück compares Switzerland to Burkina Faso in tax row

Steinbrück: tax dodgers threaten society

Steinbrück: tax dodgers threaten society

Steinbrück says crisis will take years to overcome

Steinbrück says crisis will take years to overcome

Swiss MP compares Steinbrück to Nazis

Swiss MP compares Steinbrück to Nazis

Germany puts brakes on more stimulus

Germany puts brakes on more stimulus

Steinbrück pooh-poohs US call for stimulus

Steinbrück pooh-poohs US call for stimulus

CSU threatens to torpedo stimulus plan

CSU threatens to torpedo stimulus plan

Steinbrück: Germany can overcome crisis

Steinbrück: Germany can overcome crisis

Nobel economist slams German crisis plans

Nobel economist slams German crisis plans

Steinbrück slams ‘crass’ UK stimulus plan

Steinbrück slams ‘crass’ UK stimulus plan

Finance minister admits Germany is in a recession

Finance minister admits Germany is in a recession

Merkel calls for tighter rules at G20 summit

Merkel calls for tighter rules at G20 summit

Merkel: world facing worst crisis since 1920s

Merkel: world facing worst crisis since 1920s

Regulator Bafin freezes Icelandic bank Kaupthing operations

Regulator Bafin freezes Icelandic bank Kaupthing operations

Steinbrück: Berlin not mulling nationalizing banks – for now

Steinbrück: Berlin not mulling nationalizing banks – for now

American financial crisis sparks German schadenfreude

American financial crisis sparks German schadenfreude

Steinbrück slams US for sparking global financial crisis

Steinbrück slams US for sparking global financial crisis

Steinbrück rejects EU stimulus plan idea

Steinbrück rejects EU stimulus plan idea

Steinbrück sees no danger of recession

Steinbrück sees no danger of recession

Steinbrück bets 6 bottles of wine on balanced budget by 2011

Steinbrück bets 6 bottles of wine on balanced budget by 2011

Geldof says Steinbrück breaking Merkel’s aid promise

Geldof says Steinbrück breaking Merkel’s aid promise

Germany to hike food aid by €10 million

Germany to hike food aid by €10 million

Steinbrück lauds German economy at G7 meeting

Steinbrück lauds German economy at G7 meeting

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Steinbrück sees financial crisis dragging into 2009

Germany threatened by massive public sector strikes

Germany threatened by massive public sector strikes