- Title: Ordinary Germans unimpressed by Merkel-Schulz TV debate
- Date: 4th September 2017
- Summary: HEADLINE READING "CUDDLE DUEL INSTEAD OF TV FIGHT" PHOTO OF MERKEL AND SCHULZ VARIOUS OF HEADLINE READING "EXCHANGE WITHOUT REAL HITS" VARIOUS OF PHOTO OF MERKEL AND SCHULZ SHAKING HANDS
- Embargoed: 18th September 2017 07:35
- Keywords: debate vox pops reactions Merkel Schulz TV television
- Location: COLOGNE, GERMANY
- City: COLOGNE, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA0026X6IUDJ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Ordinary Germans on their way to work on Monday (September 4) were unperturbed after the highly anticipated TV debate between Chancellor Angela Merkel and her challenger Martin Schulz, saying the statements from both were "meaningless."
Christine Hofmann, a middle-aged woman who said she did not feel at home in her own country anymore, demanded an "upheaval" in politics.
Another passer-by, Michael Schlembach, did not bother to watch the debate, saying he followed it "in the media" later and that the outcome to him was "as expected."
Merkel appeared to hold her ground in the television debate ahead of German elections, under attack from her Social Democrat (SPD) rival on refugee policy, ties with Turkey and her handling of U.S. President Donald Trump.
Merkel was some 14 points ahead of Martin Schulz in opinion polls before the debate. A survey by Infratest Dimap for ARD television showed her overall performance was viewed as more convincing by 55 percent, compared to 35 percent for Schulz.
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