Germany has been giving its verdict on a live TV clash between the country’s two political heavyweights.
Most newspapers agreed Frank-Walter Steinmeier scored points off his rival Chancellor Merkel, but slammed both for being like an old married couple. In Berlin, some described it more like a duet than a duel. “It was actually rather peaceful. The two did not have too much to discuss. Mrs Merkel was very diplomatic. Mr Steinmeier was a little more brisk. Even though the journalists tried to get the two to attack each other it did not work out,” one woman said. “In my view, this was not a debate, it was a boring conversation,” another man said. “Thirty percent of voters are undecided and they are hotly contested. Steinmeier scored more points with the undecided than he did with voters in general, they found him more convincing,” said pollster Richard Hilmer. Snap polls after the debate show viewers were divided on who won the confrontation. One poll revealed only 14 percent of voters said the head to head might change their voting intentions.