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Merkel to face German voters on September 24: govt

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to embark on her toughest election campaign, weakened by her liberal refugee policy, as she seeks a fourth termGerman Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government Wednesday set September 24 as the date for a general election in which she will seek a fourth term, facing populist headwinds over a record migrant influx. The date, adopted by Merkel’s right-left coalition cabinet, must still be formally approved by President Joachim Gauck. It was followed in distant second place by the Social Democrats (SPD), current junior partners in Merkel’s “grand coalition” government.

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