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Merkel makes U-turn over Turkey EU membership in debate with election rival Schulz

In a pivot from her previous position, the centre-right leader declared on Sunday: "The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the European Union".

Three weeks before elections, Chancellor Angela Merkel will Monday face the toxic "dieselgate" scandal which pits the interests of Germany's powerful auto sector against public health fears over air pollution.

Mr Schulz, for whom the debate was a rare chance to confront Ms Merkel's directly, also attacked the chancellor over her decision in summer 2015 to keep open Germany's borders for asylum seekers.

In her pitch to voters, Merkel touted her 12 years of experience as the leader of Europe's biggest economy, citing Germany's low unemployment rate and pledging not to raise the pension age to 70.

Focusing on a recent statement from the chancellor when she said she would do the same again as she did two years ago, Mr Schulz said with surprising force: "Merkel said she would do the same as in 2015; I would not agree at all". Another grand coalition between Germany's two biggest parties is among the possible post-election scenarios following the September 24 election.

Just 35 percent thought Schulz emerged victorious.

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The decision to open Germany's borders boosted the nationalist Alternative for Germany party, which is expected to enter Parliament for the first time as a result of the September 24 vote.

Greenpeace activists had said the measures agreed on were too little too late and showed that Germany had missed the boat on shifting toward modern and clean transport systems. During the debate, both candidates refused to rule out continuing their current grand coalition at the national level after the election.

Merkel was dubbed the "car chancellor" in 2013 after she went to bat for the sector and argued against an European Union cap on emissions.

Christian Lindner, leader of the pro-business Free Democratic Party, tweeted after the debate that it had left out crucial issues including "education, digitalization, euro, energy, climate, innovation, bureaucracy".

"I'll speak to my Europen Union colleagues to see if we can reach a joint position on this so that we can end these accession talks", added Merkel, who is hoping to get re-elected for a fourth term.

"To turn these worst-affected cities into pioneers in modern mobility, that would be one of the ideas", she said last week.

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