German election TV duel: as it happened

first_imgChancellor Angela Merkel squared off against her main challenger Martin Schulz on Sunday in their only TV duel ahead of Germany’s parliamentary election.With three weeks to go until the vote, the debate was the last big chance for Social Democrat Schulz to make up ground on the conservative chancellor, whose party is comfortably ahead in the polls as she seeks a fourth four-year term.Catch up on all the key moments in the debate from POLITICO’s live blog coverage. Also On POLITICO Dummkopfs’ guide to the German election By Janosch Delcker FirstPrev1 of 4NextLastSeptember 3, 201710:58 pmShare this postAndrew GrayGUTE NACHT!That wraps up our live blog coverage. Thanks for reading. And look out for stories on the debate on POLITICO later tonight and tomorrow morning.September 3, 201710:51 pmShare this postEmma AndersonPOLL SHOWS MERKEL LOST SUPPORT IN DEBATEAccording to broadcaster ZDF’s Politbarometer poll, 60 percent of respondents said they would rather have Merkel as chancellor before the debate, compared to 33 percent for Schulz. But after the debate, 53 percent supported Merkel and 39 percent backed Schulz.Nach dem #TVDuell: Wer liegt vorne: #Merkel oder #Schulz? pic.twitter.com/spZaVYN6Dq— ZDF heute (@ZDFheute) September 3, 2017When asked who performed better in the debate, 32 percent said Merkel, 29 percent said Schulz and 39 percent said there was no difference.September 3, 201710:43 pmShare this postCynthia KroetMERKEL WINS DEBATE: SURVEYMerkel was the most convincing according to 55 percent of respondents in Tagesschau survey. The chancellor has never recorded such a high score after a pre-election debate. Some 35 percent of respondents said Schulz’s performance was better.Among undecided voters, 48 percent said Merkel was the most convincing, against 36 percent for Schulz.Merkel also was the stronger candidate on competence, arguments, and trust.When asked who was more aggressive in the debate, almost all respondents (87 percent) said Schulz was. Just 5 percent said Merkel was more aggressive.September 3, 201710:40 pmShare this postAndrew GraySCHULZ LUMPS TRUMP WITH PUTIN AND ERDOGANIn his closing statement, the former European Parliament president pleaded for a “Europe that is led by the idea of strengthening the democracies at a time when Putin, Erdogan and Trump, people like that, call into question our basic values.”September 3, 201710:30 pmShare this postAndrew GrayECHO OF A FAMOUS PHRASEMerkel was widely criticized for using the phrase “Wir schaffen das” (“We’ll manage this”) in 2015 to express her confidence that Germany could handle the refugee crisis.But there was an echo of that phrase in her closing remarks tonight. She listed the challenges facing Germany and then declared: “Und ich glaube, dass wir das gemeinsam schaffen können” — And I believe we can manage it together.September 3, 201710:12 pmShare this postEmma AndersonLIBERAL LEADER CRITICIZES DEBATE CONTENTChristian Lindner, leader of the liberal FDP, questioned on Twitter why the debate did not address certain topics, including “education, digitalization, euro, energy, climate, innovation, [and] bureucracy.”Wieso gab es beim #TVDuell NICHTS zu Bildung, Digitalisierung, Euro, Energie, Klima, Innovation, Bürokratie? CL— Christian Lindner (@c_lindner) September 3, 2017September 3, 201710:07 pmShare this postCynthia KroetVIDEO: DEBATE HIGHLIGHTS”Best of” #TVDuell: Die wichtigsten Statements von #Merkel und @MartinSchulz. pic.twitter.com/vhjYJSYhiy— ZDF heute journal (@heutejournal) September 3, 2017September 3, 201710:04 pmShare this postAndrew GraySCHULZ FALLS SHORT?POLITICO’s chief Europe correspondent, Matthew Karnitschnig, thinks the challenger didn’t do enough.Bottom line: @MartinSchulz needed to win big tonight and failed. #TVDuell— Matthew Karnitschnig (@MKarnitschnig) September 3, 2017September 3, 201710:01 pmShare this postAndrew GrayBREXIT? WHAT BREXIT?Brexit was not mentioned once during the entire debate. (Or if it was, the mention was so fleeting that the entire POLITICO team missed it.)September 3, 20179:59 pmShare this postEmma AndersonMERKEL LOOKS TO FUTURE IN CLOSING STATEMENTSIn her closing statement, Merkel emphasized looking to the future and how to ensure that Germany “would still be a strong country” in the next 10 years.Merkel said this includes making sure “jobs are still secure,” strengthening education, ensuring cohesion in the country and focusing on digitalization.“Therefore I want to work for you and with you. I ask for your trust, and a vote for the CDU.”September 3, 20179:55 pmShare this postCynthia KroetSCHULZ: ‘I WANT A STRONG EU, AND A EUROPEAN GERMANY.’Schulz will not comment on whether he will work with the far-left Die Linke party as a possible coalition partner, and says he wants to make his SPD party as big as possible in parliament after September 24.In his closing statement, he says that he wants to make Germany strong in the EU.“We live in a time of upheaval. We need an EU that is strong, and a European Germany,” adding that he has been working on his for a long time, as an MEP and president of the European Parliament.September 3, 20179:44 pmShare this postCynthia KroetSCHULZ AGAINST SCHRÖDER’S ENERGY JOBSchulz said he disapproves of this job move of Gerhard Schröder, the former German chancellor from Schulz’s SPD party, who takes up a job at a Russian oil company Rosneft.Schulz added that he did great things for Germany, by keeping it out of the Iraq war, but he did tell him that he disapproves of appointment.September 3, 20179:45 pmShare this postAndrew GrayQUICK(ISH) QUESTIONSThe moderators try to pep things up with some quickfire questions. Schulz says marriage is not just a union between a man and woman. Merkel gives a less than clear answer.Neither is thrilled by the fact that the football World Cup will take place in Qatar.Schulz says people should be eligible to vote from the age of 16, Merkel is against.Both are not fans of former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder’s new job with Russian oil giant Rosneft.Schulz notes that he gives one-word answers while Merkel takes several sentences.September 3, 20179:45 pmShare this postEmma AndersonMERKEL: NO, WE MUST NOT GET USED TO TERRORWhen asked whether people must get used to living with terror, Merkel said “definitely no.”“To get used to living in terror would be to give up our way of life,” she said, adding that European countries are doing everything possible to fight terrorism.September 3, 20179:41 pmShare this postCynthia KroetSCHULZ AGAINST SCHRÖDER’S ENERGY JOBSchulz said he disapproves of this job move of Gerhard Schröder, the former German chancellor from Schulz’s SPD party, who takes up a job at a Russian oil company Rosneft.Schulz added that he did great things for Germany, by keeping it out of the Iraq war, but he did tell him that he disapproves of appointment.FirstPrev1 of 4NextLastlast_img read more

Eagles fall in state championship

first_imgHockey team makes final for first time BY WAYNE WITKOWSKI Correspondent Middletown South hockey coach Stanley Gutt was hoping his team could continue its late-season surge in the NJSIAA Public School B championship against Chatham at the Prudential Center in Newark on March 13 but instead got stuck into something resembling a track meet.“We hadn’t seen anything like this all year,” said Gutt, whose team was moved from the Public School A Division before this season. “They came out and played their style. … They used a stretch pass where the defensemen would feed the puck up to the forwards breaking out and spreading out instead of all of them coming out together. It was like in basketball in the ’80s when the Celtics played the Lakers and when the Lakers came out in their fast break, they couldn’t be beat.”Likewise could be said that day for Chatham, which raced out in numbers and scored off odd man rushes for a 7-3 victory in the first state championship game appearance for both teams. Chatham (21-3) moved out to a 6-0 lead off a fourgoal burst in the second period despite many fine saves by goalkeeper Chris Marsillo and Middletown South (15-8-3) could not catch up. Chris Connor and Tyler Ralph chipped into the lead with goals but it was the closest the Eagles would get. Jason Zimmel scored the Eagles’ final goal.“Their adjustments after the first period were better than ours,” said Gutt, whose team came in with five straight state tournament victories. It was a turnaround for Middletown South, which had lost before that stretch to Howell, 6-4, in the opening round of the Handchen Cup that it had won the two previous years.Chatham’s scoring, which included one power play and one shorthanded goal, tied for the most goals allowed by the Eagles all season (they lost 7- 2 to Red Bank Catholic on Jan. 2). And it was the fewest goals scored by Middletown South going back nine games to a 3-2 victory over Middletown North in the Mayor’s Cup game at the same arena on Feb. 11.“This team was a little faster,” Gutt said. “They had the best line we faced all season. They worked well together.”But Gutt credited his team for battling back in the third period as its trip to the state finals redeemed what looked for a short while like a lost season a month ago when the Eagles, who went on a scoring blitz at the start of the season, had trouble finding the back of the net.Gutt said Marsillo could not be faulted for his play in the net against Chatham. He is one of the five departing seniors off this team, including Zimmel, a forward. The other three are forwards Chris Malamut, Cole Samuels and Nikko Dulli.“I thought he (Marsillo) played well,” said Gutt. “He was peppered with a lot of shots, including 17 in the second period. He did not get the support the way we wanted it.”But there is an expectation for another solid season with the return of junior Connor, the MVP last season who led the team with 47 points and fellow juniors Ralph and Zach England. Juniors NickArcomano, Steve Sangermano and Bill Murphy and sophomoresAdam Gold and Tom Phelan got playing time. As for the goalie next season, junior Shubhro Bose was a solid backup, said Gutt.“I told the players afterward, ‘Remember this place. Remember the hard work and what got you here,’” Gutt said.The defense has been solid throughout the season, allowing 60 goals in 25 games before the championship game and is intact for next season with juniors Jimmy Burns, Matt Littenberg, Brian Walsh and Matt Himmelberg and sophomore Cole Ditzel.last_img read more