German election 2017: Angela Merkel slaps down Martin Schulz over second debate plea

With voting taking place on September 24 Martin Schulz's left-leaning Social Democrats (SPD) trail Mrs Merkel's conservatives by around 14 percentage points.

Mr Schulz challenged her to a second debate in a letter, arguing that they failed to address many key issues in the first encounter on September 3, billed as a one-off and in which he at times rattled the chancellor. 

Her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party rejected the idea, with an official saying: "Angela Merkel...
source: Express