Germany Heading for Four More Years of Pro-EU, Open-Door Migration Policies

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), is on track win a fourth term in office after polls confirmed she won the first and only televised debate with her main election opponent, Martin Schulz, leader of the Social Democratic Union Party (SDP).

A survey for the public broadcaster ARD showed that 55% of viewers thought Merkel was the “more convincing” candidate during the debate, which took place on September 3; only 35% said Schulz came out ahead.

Many observers agreed that Schulz failed to leverage the debate to revive his flagging campaign, while others noted that Schulz’s positions on many issues are virtually indistinguishable from those held by Merkel.

Rainald Becker, an ARD commentator, described the debate as, “More a duet than a duel.”

  • J. C.

    Good-bye, German Heavy Metal and Krombacher pilsner… 🙁

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  • Brett McS

    Hence the name of the new party, AfD: “Alternative for Deutschland”. There is no alternative, otherwise.

  • Hard Little Machine

    How are going to build those cars with nothing but hammers and donkeys

  • Millie_Woods

    To me it’s a single-issue election. If the two parties platforms are almost the same, then why not vote for the party that’s opposed to the mass migration that’s taking place? But I’m not a smart kraut, so what would I know.