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Merkel Rejects Opposition Call for Two TV Election Debates

Jan 31, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel rejected Thursday a call by the opposition for two television debates in this year's election campaign, saying that there will be only one.

Merkel's Social Democrat-challenger, Peer Steinbrueck, had called for the leaders of the nation's two main parties to square off in two debates in the runup to the election on September 22.

But in rejecting Steinbrueck's suggestion, Merkel pointed out that only one TV debate had been held during the 2005 and 2009 elections.

Source: Copyright 2013 dpa Deutsche Presse-Agentur GmbH

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