Angela Merkel emphasizes German prosperity, security at rally

BERLIN — German Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the final phase of her election campaign with a focus her record, emphasizing the economic growth and prosperity achieved in her dozen years at the helm.

Merkel told a party rally Saturday in the western city of Dortmund that since she was first elected in 2005 unemployment has dropped to a post-reunification low and said she hoped to achieve full employment — a rate below 3 percent — by 2025.

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