BERLIN, Sept 28 Former German finance minister
Peer Steinbrueck will be the Social Democrat (SPD) candidate for
chancellor in next year's federal election, taking on
conservative incumbent Angela Merkel, two SPD sources said on
The sources said the other leading SPD candidates to
challenge Merkel, party leader Sigmar Gabriel and former foreign
minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, had agreed to make way for
Steinbrueck, who led Germany's response to the global financial
crisis in the "grand coalition" that ruled in Berlin between
2005 and 2009.
"We can confirm the report," one source told Reuters after
Germany's top-selling Bild newspaper said on its website that
the SPD has settled on Steinbrueck.
The executive committee of the SPD was due to hold a
teleconference later on Friday, where Gabriel was expected to
inform party leaders of the plan.