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Martin Schulz bubble burst as Angela Merkel tops opinion poll

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel is back on top in an important opinion poll less than five months from the general election in which she will fight for a fourth term in power.

She and her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) conservatives seem to have successfully burst the bubble of centre-left challenger Martin Schulz, the SPD candidate who had pulled even with her in January and opened up a 16 point lead in February.

But Mrs Merkel has come out on top again in the DeutschlandTrend survey for the ARD broadcasting network, giving her 46 per cent support - ten clear percentage points ahead of former European Parliament president Herr Schulz.

A total of 1,200 voters surveyed showed 62 per cent said they were "overall satisfied" with Mrs Merkel, despite the refugee crisis and the almost daily raids that take place in German towns and cities looking for potential terrorists among them.


http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/793145/Angela-Merkel-poll-Martin-Schulz-election-Germany


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  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Schulz Not the Future of Social Democracy After All

    The Social Democratic Party leader is liked by cosmopolitan and working-class voters. But they don’t actually vote for him.

    Germany’s Martin Schulz looks less and less like the savior of European social democracy.

    His party performed poorly in North Rhine-Westphalia on Sunday, the third state election this year in which the Social Democrats were bested by Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats.

    argued here earlier in the week that North Rhine-Westphalia’s election was a crucial test for Schulz. It is the heartland of German social democracy: the biggest industrial state with four of Germany’s ten largest cities and a long history of trade unionism. The state has been governed by a coalition of Social Democrats and Greens since 2010 under a popular state prime minister, Hannelore Kraft.

    If Schulz couldn’t win here, then where can he?

    Culture war

    We’ll have to wait for detailed results before making definitive statements, but it looks like Schulz’s strategy of simultaneously appealing to what I call “blue” and “red” voters didn’t pay off.

    Social democrats across Europe are caught in the middle of the blue-red culture war: they have middle-class voters with liberal economic and social views (“blues”) and working-class voters with socially conservative views and economically protectionist instincts (“reds”). It is hard to devise a program that speaks to both constituencies. Their interests and opinions are opposite in many ways.

    http://atlanticsentinel.com/2017/05/schulz-not-the-future-of-social-democracy-after-all/

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
  • Lynsey_ADMIN_Lynsey_ADMIN_ Administrator

    Germany's Schulz Concedes 'Stinging Defeat'

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in Germany's September election, Martin Schulz, is conceding that his party suffered a "really stinging defeat" in the vote in its western German heartland.

    BERLIN (AP) — The Latest on the election Sunday in Germany's most populous state, North Rhine-Westphalia (all times local):

    7 p.m.

    Chancellor Angela Merkel's challenger in Germany's September election, Martin Schulz, is conceding that his party suffered a "really stinging defeat" in Sunday's vote in its western German heartland.

    Schulz saw his center-left Social Democrats slump to its third state election defeat this year in North Rhine-Westphalia — his home state and a traditional stronghold.

    Schulz told supporters in Berlin: "This is a difficult day for the Social Democrats, a difficult day for me personally as well. I come from the state in which we took a really stinging defeat today."

    But he urged the party to concentrate now on the national election Sept. 24. He said that "we will sharpen our profile further — we have to as well."

    https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-05-14/the-latest-exit-polls-merkels-party-wins-key-german-state

    "Before you embark on a Journey of Revenge, Dig Two Graves" Confucius (504 bc)
    “The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.”
    "If angry, count to ten. This will give you time to find a weapon." - Will Spencer
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