The German opposition’s bid to seize power in the upcoming election has taken a clear campaign step.
The conservative candidate for the chancellor’s job, Angela Merkel, has revealed who she might take with her into power.
The Christian Democratic Union and its Bavarian branch, the Christian Social Union, are seeking to conquer voters’ hearts and minds in one month’s time.
Veteran Wolfgang Schauble is the team’s European and foreign affairs advisor.
In another important post, Paul Kirchhof will advise in financial matters.
He is a tax expert and former constitutional judge.
With the naming of nine key advisors, Merkel is trying to regain ground in the polls.
Bavarian Premier Edmund Stoiber, head of the CDU’s sister party the CSU, would not serve in any particular capacity.
His antagonising of voters in eastern Germany – questioning their electoral judgment – has put a dent in his party’s chances of unseating the Social Democrats from their seven-year hold on Europe’s biggest economy.