Armin Laschet, Annalena Baerbock and Olaf Scholz, the three main candidates for the German chancellery, revealed their disagreements during a first televised debate on Sunday, August 29. After sixteen years of political life dominated by the figure of Angela Merkel, this pluralism is refreshing, observes the German press.
It was a debate “Entertaining and informative”, assure the Time after the first televised clash between Armin Laschet (CDU), Annalena Baerbock (Greens) and Olaf Scholz (SPD), this Sunday, August 29.
“It’s a change from the Merkel era, continues the liberal weekly. There was controversy, somewhat harsh attacks, but the discussions were factual and by no means superficial. ” For nearly two hours, the three main candidates for the German Chancellery discussed the situation in Afghanistan, the health crisis, global warming, insecurity and inequalities between the west and the east of the country.
“In the end, of course, each of them considered having won over the other two”, comments the centrist magazine Of the Spiegel. A few minutes after the end of the TV show, the leader of the Christian Social Union of Bavaria, Markus Söder, was already speaking on the “Great performance and clear victory” of his CDU ally, Armin Laschet.
Yet, notes the conservative newspaper The world, the performance of the candidates was uneven this Sunday. Armin Laschet and Annalena Baerbock have been offensive on several subjects, including the failures in the management of the Afghan crisis, attributed to Angela Merkel’s grand coalition and to the current Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz. But their attacks were not enough to make up for their gap with the SPD candidate, designated by the daily as “The big winner” of the evening :
The spectators witnessed what has been observed for weeks: a standoff between an overwhelmed Armin Laschet, an inflated Annalena Baerbock and an ultra disciplined Olaf Scholz. ”
“None of the candidates were completely knocked out”, reassures the right-wing newsmagazine Focus, which specifies that more than a third of German voters still do not know which party to vote for on the 26th