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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Monday, September 2, 2013

TV duel Merkel vs. Steinbrück ends undecided

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her challenger Peer Steinbrück met on Sunday for their one and only TV duel before the parliamentary elections. For the Tages-Anzeiger there was no clear winner: "The TV duel marks the highpoint in an election campaign that has been rather quiet until now - only here do the chancellor and her challenger meet face to face. Steinbrück came over as the more quick-witted, sharp-tongued politician. The Chancellor at times seemed somewhat lacklustre. But she did show prudence in one key point: the coalition question. Steinbrück refuses to be numer 2 in a coalition under Chancellor Angela Merkel. She cleverly argued that what was important was not individuals or parties, but the good of the country. A quick poll by [public broadcaster] ARD after the show revealed that the viewers found both politicians equally convincing."

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