Scholz brave conservative attacks on win second German election debate | Germany

Candidates die represent the two parties die have ruled Germany in An “grand coalition” for 12 out of the past 16 years of tearing in each other’s record on Sunday night, in a televised election debate in which left frontrunner Olaf Scholz stated winner despite swipes of his conservative rival.

In the second of three television debates, hosted by the two of Germany public broadcasters, conservative candidate Armin Laschet of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) tried to turn its fortunes by attacking the finances minister Scholz of the social-democratic party (SPD) over are trackrecord on tackle money laundering and corruption.

forward of national elections in over two weeks, polls predict Laschet’s CDU will crash to all-time low during tenure of are four-term chancellor, Angela Merkel, is coming to an end.

“If my finances minister where to work like you, then we would have a serious problem”, said Laschet, who is the state prime minister of Rhineland-Westphalia.

German Federal Finance and justice ministry were robbed last week in to obtain information relevant to an investigation into the governmentis against money-laundering agency, but not to investigate Scholz’s ministry itself.

Scholz accused his CDU rival of to be “unfair” for suggesting that he himself was accused? of do wrong, and boasted of its own effort to operate die he has led to modernize for three years.

Similar attempts to Scholz. to damage over his tires met the Wirecard accounting scandal and the Cum-Ex tax fraud scheme failed to achieve the desired effect.

The line of Laschet of attack was softened by the fact Which financial scandals are often too complicated to summarize in TV sound bits, and die to ask over failed supervisory tasks can just as well over his own tasks are asked party.

From a quick poll die after the debate was published, it turned out that Scholz de clear victory die he had achieved in the first debate, with 41% of viewers die the SPD candidate as the most convincing with 27% who said the same of Weldchet and 25% who chose it for Vegetable party candidate Annalena Baerbock.

Baerbock sliced ​​a more relaxed and lively figure then in the first just debate found himself in pushed a moderator role like the two men was stuck in what she mocked Vergaanhaltsbewältigungen, rake over the past of their coalition quarrels.

The Green candidate criticized the two largest parties for their unambitious carbon emissions targets, met the argument that Germany switch off are coal power plant significantly earlier than 2028, as planned.

They declined until rule out to hold coalition talks between the SPD, the Greens and the distantleft outfit Die Link. She said Die Linke”of a democratic one of course party” which did not represent as extreme views as the far-right Alternative für Deutschland on the other end of the political spectrum.

Scholz too declined until rule out coalition talk with Die Linke but emphasized his difference met the party Founded in 2007 partly due to dissatisfied social democrats. “A recognition of transatlantic relations, NATO and the European Union are necessary for An good government,” he said.

welsh, in turn, no rule out the possibility that are party could continue to serve in An coalition with the SPD, but with senior and junior roles reversed in the case of a Scholz win.

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