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Outgoing President of the European Parliament President Martin Schulz attends the announcement of the candidates for the election to the office of the President at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, January 16, 2017. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann


BERLIN (Reuters) - The leader of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD) Sigmar Gabriel will put forward former European Parliament President Martin Schulz to challenge conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel in the September election, said a party source on Tuesday.

(Reporting by Holger Hansen; Writing by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Andrea Shalal)