GERMANY POLITICS: Not Again! German Media Bemoan Grand Coalition Scenario After Limp TV Duel

GERMANY POLITICS: Not Again! German Media Bemoan Grand Coalition Scenario After Limp TV Duel

Newspaper Handelsblatt said Schulz had not really attacked the incumbent chancellor, adding: “Martin Schulz doesn’t want to be chancellor in September apparently but rather Angela Merkel’s office manager.”

But Berlin’s Tagesspiegel newspaper said Schulz had scored points for taking more decisive positions on Turkey, pensions and the need to punish the German automotive industry for the diesel emissions scandal.

“When it came to showing hard edges, Martin Schulz was more convincing,” it said, adding, “this evening may have changed things.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Rivals Narrow Gap Slightly Ahead of TV Debate

Schulz has said he is going into Sunday’s television debate convinced he will win the elections. “A successful duel can create momentum,” he said in an interview conducted after media reports suggested his predecessor as leader had given up hope of an SPD victory.

Merkel told the Rheinische Post newspaper she expected the debate to spark great public interest. “I’ll be happy if as many people as possible take the time to watch,” Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Chancellor Angela Merkel Falls By 10 Points Six Weeks Before Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Chancellor Angela Merkel Falls By 10 Points Six Weeks Before Election

Despite all this, Merkel’s conservatives, who currently share power with the SPD in a “grand coalition”, look on track to win the Sept. 24 vote. The main question for most experts is whether she will repeat her coalition with the SPD or seek another partner, possibly the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP).

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GERMANY POLITICS: SPD: Barley to UK: Hold 2nd Referendum as ‘Brits Didn’t Understand Brexit’

GERMANY POLITICS: SPD: Barley to UK: Hold 2nd Referendum as ‘Brits Didn’t Understand Brexit’

“When the referendum was held, nobody knew what it would be about, not British people, not political class,” Barley leader of German Social Democrats (SPD).

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GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Conservatives Win Saarland Election

GERMANY POLITICS: Merkel’s Conservatives Win Saarland Election

“This is a long-distance run, not a sprint,” Social Democrats (SPD) new national leader, Martin Schulz said with an eye on September’s national election.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Lays Out Vision for Chancellery

GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Lays Out Vision for Chancellery

Schulz, who served as European Parliament president from 2012 and stepped down earlier this year, also vowed to curb executive pay.

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GERMANY POLITICS: SPD Endorses Martin Schulz As Leader

GERMANY POLITICS: SPD Endorses Martin Schulz As Leader

“The SPD is back! We’re back!” Martin Schulz told around 600 delegates at a party meeting in Berlin shortly before he was chosen as SPD leader.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Poll Gap Between CDU, SPD Shrinks

GERMANY POLITICS: Poll Gap Between CDU, SPD Shrinks

Support for Merkel’s CDU and its Bavarian sister party, the CSU, fell 4 points to 33 percent – cutting the gap between the two blocs to its narrowest in records compiled by poll tracker wahlrecht.de going back to Sept 2013.

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GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Urges ‘Fairer Germany’, Takes on Merkel

GERMANY POLITICS: Martin Schulz Urges ‘Fairer Germany’, Takes on Merkel

“We will make this election really exciting,” vowed Schulz after Social Democratic Party (SPD) leaders unanimously nominated him to run for the leadership of Europe’s top economy.

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GERMANY POLITICS: No ‘Europe A La Carte’ Deal For Britain: SPD Says

GERMANY POLITICS: No ‘Europe A La Carte’ Deal For Britain: SPD Says

The SPD said the rules of the single market, which include fair competition, are guaranteed by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

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GERMANY POLITICS: Left Parties Set Conditions For Tie-Up to Threaten Merkel

GERMANY POLITICS: Left Parties Set Conditions For Tie-Up to Threaten Merkel

Signalling a readiness for change, Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), told Der Spiegel magazine: “We don’t want a new edition of the grand coalition.”

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GERMANY POLITICS: EU Break-Up ‘No Longer Unthinkable’: Sigmar Gabriel

GERMANY POLITICS: EU Break-Up ‘No Longer Unthinkable’: Sigmar Gabriel

“But I also know about the state of the EU. It is no longer unthinkable that it breaks apart,” German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said.

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GERMANY: Embarrassment For Merkel As AfD Defeats CDU In State Election

GERMANY: Embarrassment For Merkel As AfD Defeats CDU In State Election

The AfD won 21 percent of the vote, CDU won 19 percent, down from 23 percent in 2011, and its worst result ever in the state, the broadcaster said.

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