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Working poor of Germany's rust belt desperate for change

Mrs Merkel vows to topple the party of her main challenger in the election in Bochum.


HOSPITAL cleaner Petra Vogel is exactly the kind of voter in the sights of Social Democrats determined to unseat German Chancellor Angela Merkel at legislative elections in September.

The slightly built 60-year-old, with a touch of green mascara around the eyes, has spent...

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