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When Tinder becomes the election campaign

Thursday, August 31st, 2017 | World News

31.08.2017, 11:51 clock
   | Marc L. Merten, www.online.de
 "The ten most important questions of the Germans" Sat 1 wanted three weeks of the Bundestagswahl the top candidates of the four "small" parties. In the end it was only eight – also because moderator Claus Strunz prefers himself.

The guests
• Katrin Göring-Eckardt, Alliance90 / Greens • Katja Kipping, The Left • Christian Lindner, FDP • Dr. Alice Weidel, AfD

The format
Good 2000 German had interviewed Sat.1 in the run-up to the show. Ten questions that move the country and the people came from it. Some should answer the four politicians in 30-second statements, some in the form of discussions. For time reasons eight questions remained. Also, because moderator Claus Strunz wanted to squeeze personal stories about the politicians who lack all meaningfulness. The former "Bild-am-Sonntag" boss did not come from his boulevard-populist skin, for which he has long developed a doubtful fame.

  The Tinder low point
The first victim of the evening and obviously Strunz's chosen counterpoint of the show was Christian Lindner. The FDP politician denounced Strunz as the poster boy of German politics and asked the married 38-year-old how it would run on the dating app Tinder. Lindner, as perplexed as most spectators, had to justify himself for the poster presentation with which the FDP in the country advertises. "Mr Strunz, the FDP, is not represented in the Bundestag, it is possible to choose the path of the AfD and say that people should be disposed of, or we can choose a creative way to reach people through social media," the FDP said -Boss. "That our way polarizes is clear, but otherwise election campaign would be stupid."

Sat.1 moderator Claus Strunz would prefer to stage "The ten most important questions of the Germans" rather than a political discussion. (Source: Screenshot Sat.1)

 Strunz, however, showed himself immune to every feeling of shame, and was not too embarrassed to ask Katrin Goering-Eckardt: "Are you really keen on Mr. Lindner?" One may ask oneself whether the moderator will address this question to Angela Merkel, if it comes to the chancellor duel with Martin Schulz. But this had little to do with politics.

AfD at the pillory
At times when Strunz thought of pursuing his journalistic task, he even succeeded in occasionally asking biting questions. It all started with Goring-Eckardt, who used the arena as an opportunity to ask the AfD boss Alice Weidel how she was to be her party boss and co-chairman Alexander Gauland, after whom the integration commissioner Aydan Özoguz had "disposed of". Weidel first spoke out that she herself was of the opinion that Özoguz was "to be suspended immediately from her job".

But Strunz asked Weidel the question: "Is Gauland spinning or is he right?" Weidel's reply: "He's out of print." Strunz asked, "How often can he get a grip on the sound?" Weidel began to swim: "Ask him!" Strunz did not let go: "Is he embarrassed?" Weidel withdrew and carried out the AfD-typical redistribution of guilt: "No, he has gone out of his way, but what does Angela Merkel do, she commits constant breaches of the law, where double standards are at work, if we look at the statistics of attacks on politicians then I feel myself a victim. "

It was Katja Kipping's intervention: "If we look at the statistics of the attacks on refugee homes, then you are just rolling the offender-victim role." It was the hotest moment of the evening and unmasking for the AfD politician.

The questions of the evening
And then it was still about content. This is by eight questions, of which five (!) Concerned the issue of refugees and asylum policy. The evening was not balanced. But that was not expected at either Sat.1 or Claus Strunz.

What do they do to ensure that the police can provide more security? How do you solve the refugee crisis? How do you want to protect us from age poverty? How do you create jobs you can live in? How do you manage to control Islamist terrorism? How do you want to control immigration better and organize? The core answers of Katrin Goering-Eckardt
The Green politician clearly stated that the minimum wage should rise and there should be a guarantee to finance life in old age. "Living will be one of the key issues in the future", as a result of which she was referring to the rising rents. The health and pension systems would in the future have to be funded by all "solidarity", which is why all people – including deputies – would have to pay back into these systems "also retroactively".

In the number one issue, security, Göring-Eckardt pleaded for more police with higher wages and better equipment, against border controls and fences, for the control of the dangers in the country and for the expulsion of people who had no right of asylum. In the same way, however, she declared the argument was absurd to declare Afghanistan as a safe country of origin if even Germany did not want to send soldiers there because it was too dangerous there. People who were lawfully living in Germany should be given the opportunity to catch up on their family to facilitate their integration.

The core answers of Katja Kipping
The left calls for a minimum wage of twelve euros and a minimum rent of 1050 euros. Kipping confirmed that millionaires and large companies should be asked to pay to support the social security systems. In addition, MEPs would also have to contribute to the pension system in the future, and health financing would have to be structured in solidarity in order to strengthen employees and patients in this sector. In terms of security policy, Kipping avoided a commitment to the police in the left-wing tradition, calling for a "move from the foreign policy of militarization" towards a "social offensive" to protect the people behind the refugee crisis as well as the victims of terrorist attacks. This is the only way to achieve a successful integration on all sides.

The core answers of Christian Lindner
Christian Lindner was voted the winner of the round by the majority of online users at Sat.1. The FDP's chief executive was to put an end to the "perversion of the power of justice", in which people who have to be supported in a social way are sometimes still punished for accepting secondary jobs, but in the end virtually de facto. Lindner defended minijobs as an entry option in jobs, declared that the minimum wage should not be abolished again, but wages should be revaluated in real terms by reducing duties. That would also concern the policemen, who lacked 15,000 jobs, according to Lindner.

It should be possible that "any danger can be monitored without gaps", in order to capture radicalized people, especially in Germany. And if the threats of other citizenship were to be at risk, the federal government would have to be "more robust" in order to implement a fair deportation policy in which, in turn, all the people who would integrate and could possibly remedy the shortage of skilled workers would be welcome.

The core answers of Alice Weidel
Alice Weidel received sharp criticism for her assertion that the social security systems were also in a state of misery because of the refugee crisis. She surprised with the statement: "In certain areas, we must also make policies for workers." How this might look, however, left her completely open. Instead, she said openly that the discriminatory Racial Profiling would have to be used by the police in the future, in order to be able to infer "by characteristics on their origin" and thus on their danger potential.

Weidel also explained that the asylum law had to be changed, even if it was later removed. She said: "These people are entitled to asylum, but that needs to be corrected." She spoke out against the possibility of family immigration among immigrants but mixed immigrants and asylum seekers in her argument, but said that there must be a "negative immigration" because Germany had reached the "capacity limit".

What remains open
Two out of ten questions remained open, of which it is not known how they should have been. The fact that on five out of eight questions, the topics of refugees, immigration and security played a role, shows that Sat.1 this evening really did not want to give any other real time. Economic and fiscal policy remained just as rudimentary as environmental policymaking.

Why the topic of education for Strunz and Sat.1 was not even worth mentioning, may be questioned as well as the role of the moderator himself, who once said: "Populism is the Viagra of the relaxed democracy." So the election campaign evening in Sat.1 for the Tinder format for party seekers. In the end, only one helped: wipe to the left.

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