The German federal election is less than two weeks away, and the consensus among experts is that Angela Merkel will secure a third term in office. As the world’s fourth largest economy, Germany appears socially and financially secure, so what issues will decide the outcome of the vote and how far down the political agenda have developments in Syria fallen as a result? Joining Gideon Rachman are Fred Studemann, comment editor, and Michael Steen, Frankfurt bureau chief.

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