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Martin Schulz offers Angela Merkel a job - as his vice chancellor

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German Social Democrat leader Martin Schulz on Monday offered his rival for the chancellorship a plum job in his cabinet — as his deputy, reported Politico (Germany).

Schulz’s party is well behind Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats (CDU) in the polls ahead of the election on September 24, but the former president of the European Parliament said he could still pull off a victory.

“I’m aiming at becoming the chancellor,” Schulz said at a press conference in Berlin. “If Mrs. Merkel wants to join my cabinet, she can do so as my vice chancellor.”

Despite Schulz’s offer, the SPD has made clear it doesn’t want to enter another grand coalition with the CDU.

Schulz defended his confident stance, saying: “In my opinion, you can publish as many polls as you want … I don’t care about this all. I’m fighting for my beliefs.”

The would-be chancellor said many voters had not made up their minds. “Wait for the election night,” he said. “You will see the [victory] parade walking in the direction of Willy Brandt House.”

The SPD’s headquarters in Berlin is named after Brandt, a former SPD chancellor.

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