Merkel in ‘boring’ campaign
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has rejected a suggestion that her dominant lead in the polls over Social Democrat Martin Schulz renders the election campaign in Europe’s largest economy “boring”.
“If campaigning means to some that it’s only good when two sides are screaming at each other, then that’s not what I have in mind when it comes to campaigning,” Mrs Merkel said on Tuesday.
“I’m pitching for votes, so my main task is to make clear what we want for the next four years.”
Mrs Merkel has been holding rallies for more than two weeks in the lead-up to the September 24 poll, touting her 12-year record of halving unemployment, citing progress in the refugee crisis and pledging expanded broadband access.
It has not gone unnoticed that she tends to ignore her challenger, rarely referring to him by name. That’s even as Mr Schulz spent last week escalating his political attacks against the Chancellor, accusing her of avoiding tough debates.
“I’ve already mentioned Martin Schulz at least once so that you wouldn’t say that,” Ms Merkel responded, when asked about her reticence.
She won’t be able to avoid him for long — the two candidates are due to hold a televised debate on Sunday, their only scheduled face-to-face encounter of the campaign.