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TV-duel Angela Merkel Martin Schulz: The Themes

Sunday, September 3rd, 2017 | World News

Big thematic surprises are not present in the TV duel between Angela Merkel and Martin Schulz. In the four thematic blocks of migration, foreign policy, social justice and internal security, the chancellor and her SPD challenger tried to work out differences between their parties. These topics were discussed.

Refugees: Schulz has accused Merkel of mistakes in refugee policy. The SPD chairman criticized the fact that at the beginning of the refugee crisis in the autumn of 2015 Merkel had not agreed with the European partners. If she said she'd do everything again like 2015, he could only say, "I would not guess." A European solution would have been less to Germany.
Merkel defended her decision two years ago to pave the way for Germany to migrants and refugees in Hungary. She could not act otherwise. "It had to be decided." It was clear that Hungary's governor Viktor Orban would not show solidarity. She had also coordinated her course with the then Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel (both SPD).

Schulz asked Merkel directly why the Bavarian Minister-President Horst Seehofer had invited Orban as an honorary member of the CSU. The CDU boss avoided the question.

Merkel acknowledges the failure of the 2015 large wave of refugees. However, the agreement with Turkey was then the right answer: Merkel disagreed with the thesis that, for example, she had left too much room with her migration policy to the right of the political center. Asked whether she felt the migration movements from Africa and Asia to Europe as a threat to German society, Merkel said: "No, I do not feel it as a threat, but I feel it as a very, very big task."

According to SPD chairman Schulz, the integration of refugees into the labor market will take longer. One million people will not be integrated in a few years. It was a difficult task. That is why education is so important.

 Merkel also said that the integration would take longer, despite considerable efforts. Meanwhile, however, refugees, such as Iraqis, went back to their homeland. Merkel and Schulz both want to increase the pace of deportations and become more consistent.

Islam: Merkel reaffirmed that Islam belongs to Germany for her, "but is one of constitutional conformity". Schulz said to the question, "Islamist is a religious community like any other that is integrable in our country." Both emphasized that radical sermons in German mosques are not acceptable.
Merkel, however, expresses understanding for people who do not want to agree with the sentence, Islam belongs to Germany. "I understand the people who are very skeptical." The terror in the name of Islam solves this. "The clergy must here say much more strongly that this has nothing to do with Islam," she says with regard to Islamic clergy in Germany.

Relationship with Turkey: Schulz is making a strong effort to freeze the EU's relations with Ankara. "If I become a chancellor, I will break the accession negotiations between Turkey and the European Union," he said. "A point has been reached in which we must end economic relations, financial relations, customs union and accession negotiations with the European Union." However, he does not consider it a good idea to terminate the controversial EU refugee agreement.
Merkel reacted reluctantly. She pointed out that a unanimous decision by the EU was needed to break off the accession negotiations. But she will talk with her "colleagues (in the EU) once again, if we can come to a common position and end these accession negotiations." Merkel stressed that she had agreed on Friday with Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (SPD), not to demand a break-off.

"The accession negotiations are not existing at the moment anyway," Merkel said. However, she pleaded for the freezing of the financial aid to Turkey in billions. According to an opinion of the scientific service of the Bundestag the complete freezing of these aids is not possible without a stop of the accession negotiations. Schulz also demanded that the money be no longer paid out.

Other foreign policy: Merkel and Schulz were strongly critical of Trump. "We have serious differences with the American president," Merkel said. As an example of conflicts with the government in Washington, the Chancellor named the climate problem as well as the statements of Trumps on the racist riots of Charlottesville: "There stagnates one's breath." Differences should therefore be addressed clearly.
Schulz does not believe the US president is able to defuse the conflict with North Korea. He did not believe Trump could find a solution. "The problem we have with Trump is its unpredictability." Instead, we should work with Canada, Mexico, or with forces in the US such as US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Merkel emphasized that there must be a peaceful solution in the Korean crisis under all circumstances. She will work on it and try to convince the US government.

Social justice / pension: Schulz warned more social justice despite the positive economic situation. "Sure, Germany is a prosperous country, but not all people in our country are wealthy." He cited as examples free kitas and reforms to prevent falling pensions.

Merkel ensured that there would be no pension with her. Among other things, Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble (CDU) had brought a longer retirement age into conversation. Merkel now said that it was already difficult for some professional groups to work until 67, for example for nurses. In the meantime, however, there is also the flexirent for a more moderate transition to retirement. Schulz doubted that this commitment would have a bearing on Merkel.

The SPD chairman wants to relieve as a chancellor a family of four with an average gross income of 3500 euros per month by about 200 to 250 euros a month. Among other things, the top tax rate will be applied later. In addition, the parity of workers and employers will be reintroduced in the health insurance contributions. There is also a child bonus of 150 euros for each child with the SPD. For the rest, the family in the SPD-led Rhineland-Palatinate would not have to pay for kitten fees, but in the CDU-led Hesse already, said Schulz.

Merkel reaffirmed the need for the Union to relieve its citizens of 15 billion euros in the next legislative period. However, she can not say exactly what this means on average for a family of four.

The moderators (l-r) Sandra Maischberger (ARD), Claus Strunz (ProSieben / SAT.1), Maybrit Illner (ZDF) and Peter Kloeppel (RTL) stand next to each other on 3 September 2017 in the TV duel. (Source: dpa)

Exhaust gas scandal / toll: Merkel accuses the car industry of the diesel exhaust gases confidence breach, the environmental problems in cities would have but only indirectly. Even if the cars would emit exhaust gases just as indicated, there would still be a lot to do here. But it is clear: "The car industry has to make up for what it has done," she says. "I'm more content." However, the combustion engine would still be needed for decades. "There are also 800,000 people who have not broken any trust, they can not be the stupid now," she says with a view to the workers in the area.
Schulz reiterated that he did not want to introduce the tolls imposed by the CSU, since the cost and revenue were unrelated. "She will not come with me." Merkel, on the other hand, underlined that no German car driver would be burdened any more. That drivers from abroad ought to pay for the use of German roads, is good.
Internal Security:
Schulz said on the subject of internal security that he wanted to do everything in his power to make the security authorities so fit that there would not be a case like that of the Berlin Christmas market assassin Anis Amri. Amri was known to the authorities as a threat, but before Christmas 2016 could use a truck to attack a Berlin Christmas market with numerous dead. At the same time, Schulz demanded that vulnerable peo- ple should be kept in check. Preventive measures should also be taken.

When asked whether no one would be left without paper in the future, Merkel said: "This is not generally possible." In Germany, someone who asks for asylum is not simply not allowed to be admitted. But everything must be done to learn from mistakes like Amri.

The chancellor spoke for a model police network for the Federation and the Länder. Moreover, the Confederation had instigated the Federal Police. However, the police also need the necessary tools, such as more possibilities in social media or video surveillance. Schulz spoke to an additional 15,000 police officers. In addition, police officers should be less burdened with bureaucratic procedures. Schulz pointed out that the area with the highest crime rate is the CDU-led Saxony-Anhalt.


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