Visitors watch the live television debate between German chancellor and Christian Democrat leader Angela Merkel and Social Democrats  challenger Peer Steinbrück at the Adlershof studios in Berlin last night.  Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Germany’s federal election finally roared into life last night when Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-left challenger accused her on live television o(...)

Mr Steinbrück, Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate for this year’s German general election, awaits the start of a party board meeting in Berlin last week. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Germany ’s opposition Social Democrats have revived the idea of shared sovereign liability among euro zone members, saying it “can no longer be(...)