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Merkel rounds on German auto execs in opening election rally

Reuters  |  DORTMUND, Germany 

By Petra WischgollDORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) - Chancellor Angela Merkel kicked off her re-election campaign on Saturday with a stinging attack on German auto executives, pressing them to innovate to secure jobs, and win back trust lost by a diesel emissions scandal.Merkel is far ahead of her rivals in opinion polls but, wary of complacency setting in among her supporters, she plans 50 rallies in towns and cities across Germany in the run-up to the Sept. 24 election, when she will seek a fourth term in office.With her conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) campaigning on a platform of ...

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First Published: Sat, August 12 2017. 20:28 IST