SCHROEDER AND MUENTEFERING ATTEND A SPD BOARD MEETING IN BERLIN.
Gerhard Schroeder (L), German Chancellor and leader of the Social
Democratic party (SPD) and SPD secretary general Franz Muentefering
attend a SPD board meeting in Berlin January 13, 2002. The bell has
rung for the first round of Germany's 2002 election campaign as
conservative challenger Edmund Stoiber steps into the ring just as
slowing economy makes Schroeder suddenly vulnerable. REUTERS/Wolfgang