13 days until the elections in Germany. “Scholz is already speaking like a chancellor”

“It was a good evening for Scholz. He entered the program and left it like someone who already speaks and behaves like a chancellor” – judges “Der Spiegel” of the debate that two weeks before the elections took place on Sunday evening on public stations ARD and ZDF.

Three candidates for chancellor took part in the debate: Annalena Baerbock (Greens), Armin Laschet (CDU / CSU) and Olaf Scholz (SPD), who led in the latest polls.

Television debate of the candidates for the chancellor of Germany

Scholz, in the opinion of Der Spiegel, behaved “as many Germans imagine a chancellor”. Even Laschet’s attacks on a potential coalition of the SPD with the Left, and in particular the lack of proper supervision of the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) – a unit dealing with investigating cases of “money laundering” which was inspected last Thursday by the prosecution – did not disturb Scholz’s peace. “He almost continuously exuded a mixture of boredom and statesman attitudes,” says Der Spiegel.

In the initial part, Baerbock watched the arguments of both opponents fight. In the second part of the debate, she “focused on climate protection and pensions in a matter-of-fact and committed way” and made an emotional closing statement. She emphasized that she is the only candidate who is committed to taking active steps and introducing changes (not only in climate policy) with future generations in mind. Ricarda Lang (The Greens) summed it up on Twitter: “Laschet and Scholz are arguing. Baerbock talks about the future. “

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Laschet attacked the “king of the polls”

“Der Spiegel” claims that the CDU candidate Laschet was the worst that evening. “He attacked the king of the Scholz polls, but he did it so fiercely that he spent the entire evening between a passive-aggressive, openly aggressive and mocking smile, which did not make a pleasant impression,” says Der Spiegel.

“What is really grotesque is the fact that yesterday evening not a single question was actually asked about foreign policy (…) none of the three candidates spoke out. Of course, election campaigns around the world are mainly conducted and resolved on domestic political issues. Nevertheless, Germany is an economically and politically leading country in Europe. Across the continent, people are interested in the influence of a possible new government on German foreign policy. Apparently, hardly anyone is interested in it in Germany itself “- argues the daily, adding that during the debate there were no references to current problems, incl. terrorism or the recently completed 20-year mission in Afghanistan. He admits, however, that the fact that the debate concerned only Germany’s domestic policy depended on the moderators of the meeting.

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The debate was dominated by quarrels between Laschet and Scholz

Also “FAZ” believes that “the debate of the three candidates has often turned into dialogue – mutual attacks by Laschet and Scholz” and Baerbock was reserved between them. But in this television debate, as predicted, it was difficult to count on something surprising: “the three counter-candidates (…) are professional politicians who cannot afford to deviate from the tried and tested paths, coming up with spontaneous ideas. Usually, every professional politician works on constant fragments of speeches, the effect of which he has already tried a dozen times in front of a smaller audience, ”points out“ FAZ ”.

32 percent respondents to the survey conducted by ZDF shortly after the debate concluded that it was Scholz who did the best. 26 percent voted for Baerbock, only 20 percent. on Lascheta, and 21 percent. did not indicate a winner. There are still 13 days to the election.

Olaf Scholz and SPD with the best ratings for 15 years

The Social Democrats nominated Scholz as their candidate for chancellor in August last year, but until recently no one took seriously the possibility that Scholz could become the fourth social democratic chancellor in German history, after Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt and Gerhard Schroeder. According to the latest polls, however, it is Scholz who has the greatest chance to take the chair after Angela Merkel.

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