Sun Mar 19, 2017, 09:25 AM

Germany's Schulz to set out plan for taking down Merkel

Martin Schulz will on Sunday officially become Chancellor Angela Merkel's chief challenger in Germany's September general election and lay out his plans for unseating the world's most powerful woman.

The bearded Social Democrat, already credited with giving his ailing party a strong shot in the arm, will be anointed SPD leader and standard bearer at a one-day congress in Berlin.

German media predicted he could garner more than 90 percent of the vote from the country's oldest political party.

In a speech to the SPD rank and file, Schulz will attempt to harness his momentum against Merkel, whose conservatives just a few months ago had an apparently invincible lead in the polls.

Schulz's decision to leave the European Parliament, which he headed for five years, and run to lead Germany has given the Social Democrats a new lease of life since party leader Sigmar Gabriel asked him to take the reins in January.

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