Evening of Debate – Germany

ZDF.de – Schr�der gewinnt TV-Duell – Merkel besser als erwartet

Obviously, the German debate was of somewhat greater importance than the Swedish one with the election as imminent as it is.

It was also expected that perhaps 70 % of the German electorate would watch this the only direct encounter between Gerhard Schröder and Angela Merkel during the campaign.

It is doubtful whether the debate will change much. There were – as far as I could see – no major policy surprises, mistakes or blunders.

In contrast to the very domestic-oriented Swedish debate, Europe and the world did figure in the German one. Schröder did a statesman-like explanation of the geostrategic importance of integrating Turkey with the rest of the European Union, which made Merkels resistance on this issue look rather pedestrian.

As expected, Schröder turned out to be the more skilled and confident debater, but at the same time the opinion polls indicated that Merkel performed somewhat better than people had been expected.

An important waypoint towards a new government in Germany has been passed.

2 Responses to Evening of Debate – Germany

  1. simulev skriver:

    ”the geostrategic importance of integrating Turkey with the rest of the European Union”

    Mr Bildt, eager to unilateral please Islam? Howcome?

    moderate muslim leadership

    Mr Erdogan, speaking in Rome yesterday, said: ”Turkey has nothing left to do. Some EU countries, for their own political reasons, are trying to show that the EU is a Christian club.”

    ”If they provoke him [Erdogan] any further he will explode,” the official commented.

  2. AndersJ skriver:

    The emergence of the leftist party makes it clear that a grand coalition is the only alternative. Grand coalitions have, in part
    succeeded on the state level, but failed miserably in the late 60’s – the only time they had been attempted at the federal level.

    For that reason, and in light of recent attempts of the opposition to block reform-minded opposition, both Schröder and Merkel are well advised to stay friends…

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