FILE - The Sept. 21, 2009 file photo shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and then German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, left, after a meeting with the German Government's task force for ... more 
FILE - The Sept. 21, 2009 file photo shows German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, and then German Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, left, after a meeting with the German Government's task force for finance architecture at the chancellery in Berlin. Germany's main opposition party appears set to choose former Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck, who helped pilot the country through the 2008-9 financial crisis, as Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in next year's election. Several German media outlets reported Friday, Sept. 28, 2012 the center-left Social Democrats have decided to nominate the 65-year-old Steinbrueck. (AP Photo/Gero Breloer) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Gero Breloer
Fri, Sep 28, 2012 7:03 AM EDT