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News Summary: Opposition tries to unsettle Merkel

NO MATCH: Germany's main opposition party would like to end Angela Merkel's 7-year grip on power in Europe's biggest economy — but with elections a year away, there is no challenger in place and little sign of a winning strategy.

DEAF EARS: The center-left Social Democrats' leader declared that elections expected next September must be about "taming the banking and financial sector," and issued a proposal to boost pensions for low earners. But there is no clear challenger.

SHE'S POPULAR: Polls suggest she would trounce any of her potential challengers. One of the main sources of Merkel's popularity, her handling of the eurozone debt crisis, is making it hard for the opposition to land blows.

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