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Merkel embarks on Germany’s ‘strangest’ campaign

BERLIN: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has returned from a three-week Alpine holiday to embark on Saturday (Aug 12) on what may be the most bizarre election campaign in the country's post-war history. After months of studiously ignoring the race for the Sept 24 election, Merkel will kick off a series of rallies across the country with an hour-long speech to supporters in the western city of Dortmund. But just six weeks out from the European Union's top economic power and most populous nation going to the polls,…