12 Aug '17, 8am

Merkel, back from vacation, embarks on Germany's 'strangest' campaign @AFP

Merkel, back from vacation, embarks on Germany's 'strangest' campaign @AFP

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, fresh from a three-week Alpine holiday, embarked Saturday on what may be the most bizarre election campaign in the country's post-war history. After months of studiously ignoring the race for the September 24 election, Merkel kicked off a series of rallies across the country with a campaign speech in the western city of Dortmund delivering an upbeat message on jobs. "We are set to reach full employment by 2025, that is to say an unemployment rate under three percent, and I believe we can achieve it," said Merkel of a key objective of her centre-right Christian Democrat Union (CDU). As of July the German jobless rate stood at 5.7 percent, relatively low among European nations. "We have today 44 million employed in Germany. Those are really very good figures," the 63-year-old told her supporters. But just six weeks before the European Union's...

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