- Title: Ordinary Germans unimpressed by Merkel-Schulz TV debate
- Date: 4th September 2017
- Summary: COLOGNE, GERMANY (SEPTEMBER 4, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF COMMUTERS WALKING PAST (SOUNDBITE) (German) PASSER-BY, CHRISTINE HOFMANN, SAYING: "I found it alarming. What Mrs. Merkel said was meaningless and Mr. Schulz didn't say anything either. I think a lot more needs to be done. You can't rest when you're in politics and to me, both are doing just that. Although Schulz addresses the people more, Merkel acts in a way in which people think she has done it for so many years, she will do it for a few more. I think there needs to be a general upheaval, not to the right, not to the left, just normal, so that people can feel at home again in this country, which I don't. I also don't feel represented." (SOUNDBITE) (German) PASSER-BY WHO DID NOT WATCH TV DEBATE, MICHAEL SCHLEMBACH, SAYING: "I had better things to do but I followed it in the media. It ended the way I had expected it." (SOUNDBITE) (German) PASSER-BY, MAN WITH GREEN JACKET AND GREY HAIR WHO DID NOT GIVE NAME, SAYING: "If you want mom (Merkel), then yes, she won. But I don't want mom. I think both did not win. Merkel was like Merkel always is, meaningless and Schulz screwed up. But I think that was clear from the beginning." (SOUNDBITE) (German) PASSER-BY, WOMAN WHO DID NOT GIVE NAME, SAYING: "Good. It was okay. It was the way I expected it. I think they did equally well and the chancellor was confident, as expected. I thought Schulz was not as bad as I had expected him to be." WIDE OF NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
- 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: LVA0016X6IUDJ
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- 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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