from Paolo Valentino

Political elections will be held on 26 September. In a snap poll, 41% in favor of the SPD candidate, 27% for that of the CDU and 25% for the green Baerbock

FROM OUR CORRESPONDING BERLIN – Two weeks after the vote on 26 September, the German electoral campaign is getting harder. Olaf Scholz, the Social Democratic candidate for the chancellery, wins according to the first polls also the second televised confrontation (the Triell, as the neologism dictates) with the other two main contenders. But his first opponent, the Christian Democrat Armin Laschet, does better than expected with an aggressive conduct and a line of attack that betray the haste to regain lost ground. In the challenge between the two alpha males, avoid getting crushed Annalena Baerbock, the green candidate who remains detached in voting intentions, but seems to gradually gain confidence and security.

In a snap poll conducted by the Ard television network immediately after the debate, which went on for 90 minutes, Scholz was judged the most convincing of the three by 41% of the interviewees, against 27% who expressed their opinion for Laschet and 25% for Baerbock. In general surveys, the SPD still in the lead with 25% of the votes, followed by the CDU-CSU at 20% and by the Greens at 17%. Based on these voting predictions, at least three parties would be needed to form a governing coalition, an absolute novelty for Germany.

Laschet attacked the finance minister on two points, accusing him in the first place of not having supervised his department, the subject of a spectacular search last week by the inspectors of the Federal Agency against money laundering. The services of the ministry did not report suspicious money movements of some banks, for an amount of several million euros, to the judiciary. If my finance minister did like you, we would have a serious problem, Laschet said, also accusing Scholz of populism for criticizing the Osnbrck prosecutor’s investigation. But the Social Democratic candidate has defined defamatory and dishonest the accusations of the opponent, recalling that the ministry was not investigated and that the investigators only asked for information. Scholz has guaranteed maximum cooperation and asked that full light be shed on the matter.

The other, more traditional and even more desperate line of thrust was Laschet’s accusation of Scholz and the SPD of wanting make a government with Linke, the far-left party, heir to the Communists of the GDR. The Social Democratic candidate again refused to exclude it a priori, appealing to the vote of the Germans, but has placed insurmountable red lines such as membership in NATO and the EU, to which Linke strongly opposes. Anyone who wants to rule Germany must recognize that NATO is important for our safetyScholz said.

On climate policy, it was above all Laschet to find himself in trouble, pressed both by Scholz but above all by Baerbock and forced to distance himself from Angela Merkel: I was not a member of the government. The green candidate accused both of them of representing the past in terms of environmental policies.

Great absent in the debate last night foreign policy, although the arguments were not lacking, from Afghanistan, to the anniversary of September 11, to relations with China. But strangely, none of the questions from the two journalists conducting the Triell concerned international relations. The next and final confrontation on TV between the three candidates scheduled for next Sunday.

September 13, 2021 (change September 13, 2021 | 11:22)

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