Angela Merkel is putting families at the forefront of her campaign to become Germany’s Chancellor again.
She has pledged family friendly policies, no new taxes and a balanced budget. But she has also raised some eyebrows by promising full employment.
Speaking at a Christian Party Union rally in Berlin she said: “September 22 will be decisive for our country. We have to decide whether Germany will stay on the road to success under the leadership of the Christian Democratic Party and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Socialist Party – or whether it will go down with Red-Red-Green coalition.”
The opposition Social Democratic Party has struggled so far to build up momentum as it seeks to win power with the Greens. But its leader Peer Steinbruck wasted no time in attacking the CDU’s programme.
“The first election campaign in which I participated was in 1969 and since then I have not seen a programme presented by a chancellor with so few ambitions,” he said.
Merkel’s CDU leads in opinion polls but the pro-business Free Democratic Party appears to pose the biggest threat. In recent months it has polled dangerously close to the five percent threshold for re-entry into parliament.