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Germany election: Angela Merkel 'ahead in polls'

2 September 2013 Last updated at 06:46 BST

The German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and her main challenger, Peer Steinbrueck , have taken part in a head-to-head TV debate ahead of this month's general election.

With three weeks to before election day, opinion polls suggest the Chancellor has a significant lead.

Stephen Evans reports.