Angela Merkel and Peer Steinbrueck hold a televised election debate
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German election: Merkel battles Steinbrueck in TV duel

2 September 2013 Last updated at 08:20 BST

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's main rival in this month's election has accused her of causing misery by imposing austerity on southern Europe.

In their only head-to-head TV debate, centre-left candidate Peer Steinbrueck called her euro policies a failure.

But Mrs Merkel pointed to Germany's healthy economy, calling it "the motor of growth" in Europe.