The Wall Street Journal: Germany’s election promises to be a nail-biter — for the 3rd-place spot, that is

Germany’s general election campaign kicked off in earnest over the weekend and it promises to be a nail-biter—for third place.

Chancellor Angela Merkel looks like a sure bet to win a fourth term as the head of Europe’s biggest economic power when the country votes in late September. Her center-right alliance has a 15-point polling lead over its closest challenger, the center-left Social Democratic Party, or SPD, of candidate Martin Schulz.

Merkel’s campaign slogan—“For a Germany in which we live well and happily”—channels a public mood wary of change. In a 40-minute speech to supporters in the city of Dortmund on Saturday that opened six weeks of campaigning, she didn’t even mention her opponent by name.

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