Germany's Choice

As Germany prepares to go to the polls in a snap election, Paul Henley travels around the country to assess the chances of the woman billed as Germany's answer to Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel.

The centre-right CDU leader looks set to become Germany's first ever female chancellor, but is she tough enough to rescue the country's ailing economy?

Paul visits North Rhine-Westphalia, west Germany's industrial heartland, once dominated by coal and steel.

Traditionally the state has always voted for the SPD, but in regional parliamentary elections in May, the party lost for the first time in 39 years.

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As Germany prepares to go to the polls in a snap election, Paul Henley travels around the country to assess the chances of the woman billed as Germany's answer to Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel.

The centre-right CDU leader looks set to become Germany's first ever female chancellor, but is she tough enough to rescue the country's ailing economy?

Paul visits North Rhine-Westphalia, west Germany's industrial heartland, once dominated by coal and steel.

Traditionally the state has always voted for the SPD, but in regional parliamentary elections in May, the party lost for the first time in 39 years.