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Martin Schulz, luckless challenger 'shadow-boxing' Merkel

Mr Schulz's dwindling fortunes come despite his best efforts to shed his image as a European bureaucrat and play up his compelling, pull-yourself-up-by-your-bootstraps life story.


A HIGH-SCHOOL dropout who grafted his way into the EU corridors of power, Germany's Martin Schulz is used to battling the odds. But taking on Angela Merkel may be his most unenviable challenge yet.

When the bearded 61-year-old announced in January he was giving up his...