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by Paolo Cappelli

13 September 2021 "Those who want to govern in Germany must be clear that NATO is indispensable, recognize themselves in Europe and, if necessary, decide to send German soldiers to other countries".

In the end, the SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz sets the stakes of a possible government alliance with the left, the Linke, while the mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo tries to revive the French socialists by proposing herself as the ecological candidate for the French presidential elections.

In California, a vote will be taken tomorrow to reconfirm Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom and the Republicans are relaunching an old Trumpian hit, denouncing fraud even before the polls open



Bild


Laschet fights, fights, fights but in the polls Scholz remains ahead


In the second TV debate, the candidates for the federal chancellery, the prime minister of North Rhine-Westphalia Armin Laschet (60 years, CDU) and the federal finance minister Olaf Scholz (63, SPD) have repeatedly attacked each other. The Green candidate Annalena Baerboch, 40, is almost out of sight. The most important themes:


Climate costs: All three are asked how the costs of the energy transition and environmental policies will be paid. This is an important and decisive question for many people, writes Bild: will I still be able to pay my heating costs, afford my car, how much will the fuel cost? But from all three candidates comes, little clarity. Pensions: Everyone knows that the pension system is in trouble and urgently needs reform. The promise of a secure retirement seems to be falling apart. So what's the solution: work longer? Major contributions? Again, few clear solutions. Scholz says he wants to give young people starting their careers a pension guarantee. Laschet describes it as a "not serious" planand proposes to address the issue with the pensions committees.


Coalitions: Scholz plays the usual game and refuses to rule out a coalition with the Left Party. Laschet, when asked if the Union would enter a government as a minor partner, replies: the Union will in no case form a coalition with the Left or the AfD. But with his lack of response, Laschet sends the signal: the candidate chancellor of the CDU does not exclude being a minority shareholder of the SPD, as he had openly excluded Markus Markus Söder (54, CSU). But above all, for Laschet this was the last chance to get back in the consensus against his opponent Scholz.




FAZ


Stoltenberg: NATO must continue to fight terrorism


SPD outrage over Laschet's attacks


The triello duel is back, Laschet against Scholz


Armin Laschet attacks Olaf Scholz, and even the Social Democrat renounces moderation. Annalena Baerbock, caught in the middle, lives a difficult evening


At minute 10 of the Triell, a word that will often be heard this evening is uttered for the first time: dishonest. The SPD chancellor candidate Olaf Scholz had just declared not to categorically exclude a coalition with the Left, but to reaffirm its red lines: commitment to NATO, to a strong EU. "Anyone who knows me knows what they're going to get," Scholz assures. "This is a bit dishonest to say, the citizens decide it," says Armin Laschet. If there is an arithmetic majority, the SPD will form a coalition with the left. Laschet had already warmed up in the last few days. The candidate chancellor of the CDU, a reconciler and a moderate, attacked the SPD, which in the polls is a few percentage points ahead of the Union. At the CSU congress over the weekend,accused the SPD of having "always been on the wrong side" in all post-war economic and financial policy decisions. Annalena Baerbock, candidate for Chancellor of the Greens, seemed to be more of a moderator and recovered her luster when it came to digitization, pandemic, climate change. Party Vice President Ricarda Lang tries on Twitter to correct the impression that this is indeed a duel: "Laschet and Scholz are arguing. Baerbock talks about the future, writes in a post. He gains a few sympathy points for Baerbock, but it doesn't look exactly like it. a federal chancellor.he seemed more of a moderator and recovered his luster when it came to digitization, pandemic, climate change. Party Vice President Ricarda Lang tries on Twitter to correct the impression that this is indeed a duel: "Laschet and Scholz are arguing. Baerbock talks about the future, writes in a post. He gains a few sympathy points for Baerbock, but it doesn't look exactly like it. a federal chancellor.he seemed more of a moderator and recovered his luster when it came to digitization, pandemic, climate change. Party Vice President Ricarda Lang tries on Twitter to correct the impression that this is indeed a duel: "Laschet and Scholz are arguing. Baerbock talks about the future, writes in a post. He gains a few sympathy points for Baerbock, but it doesn't look exactly like it. a federal chancellor.




Welt


"Panic derailment before the loss of power". So in the SPD they read Laschet's attacks on Scholz in the TV debate last night.


In the flash polls of ARD and ZDF, Olaf Scholz also won last night. For ARD, Scholz was the most convincing for 41% of respondents. Armin Laschet for 27%, Annalena Baerbock for 26%. On ZDF, Scholz reaches 32%, Baerbock at 26 and Laschet at 20%. The numbers are representative only for spectators and not for all those entitled to vote.




Tagesspiegel


Laschet and Scholz cover themselves with violent accusations


This time few can say they are bored for the electoral campaign, there is movement as it was difficult to see in the Merkel era. Armin Laschet tried to attack, but unlike the first time, Scholz responded and Laschet was unable to land a knockout blow. It hasn't even managed to get out of the low values ​​in the polls. If this was the last chance for him, as he said on the eve of the CSU, then the picture seems bleak for him.




Die Zeit


Green solutions are coming. Is it possible to eat meat without damaging the climate?


In last night's debate we saw the chancellery candidates switch to battle mode.


Survey trend: Grune down since they were credited as Germany's first party in May, are now around 16%, almost 10 points behind the SPD, which overtook the Union at the end of August and is around 25% against the 21 of CDU-CSU, which began its descent after the flood in mid-July, more than after the announcement in April that the candidate for chancellor was Armin Laschet




Liberation


Anne Hidalgo candidate, here is the bet


The mayor of Paris confirmed yesterday that she will carry the colors of the Socialist Party in the race for the Elysée. A challenge for the socialist past as dolphin underestimated best card of a remained party without a voice


of the evening news Guest, yesterday on France 2, the mayor of Paris, now presidential candidate, has unveiled the beginning of its program and has defended his proposals on teachers.



Hidalgo by focusing his campaign on ecological and social issues hopes to re-impose the PS as the main left force. "The climate crisis - she said - is pushing us to move very quickly. If I am elected, it will be the five years in which we will have to create jobs in renewable energy, support the workers who today are engaged in polluting activities. the middle and working classes ". In her book to be released Wednesday, the presidential candidate proposes to double the salaries of teachers. A measure too ambitious for Jean-Luc Mélenchon who rejected him like this on Twitter. "That's + 60 billion a year! I prefer to meet the demands of the teachers' unions and put money on job creation.Has the PS also lost its culture of government? ". Faced with Laurent Delahousse, who mocked her for this declaration, invoking the repeated" promises "of policies, Anne Hidalgo assumes." Politics is making choices, establishing priorities. When I say there are discredited people, we have to act. Do you think that the fact that teachers earn half as much as in Germany and the Netherlands today is normal?Do you think that the fact that teachers earn half as much as in Germany and the Netherlands today is normal?Do you think that the fact that teachers earn half as much as in Germany and the Netherlands today is normal?



The nomination of the mayor of Paris adds to a flourishing of aspiring presidents on the left: Jean-Luc Mélenchon Francia insoumise, Fabien Roussel for the Communists and Arnaud Montebourg for himself. The ecologists' candidate will be nominated on September 28 at the end of the primaries.




La Croix


The end of the California dream


For the first time in its history, California begins to lose people.

Report on the eve of the referendum on the confirmation of the governor Newsom



Despite its sunshine and its startups, California has lost its power of attraction.

Driven by exorbitant real estate prices, Americans are leaving, fueling the theme of a "California exodus".

This new malaise is at the center of an electoral campaign that could cost the Democratic governor his seat tomorrow.




LA Times


A 'no' does not mean that all is well


Newsom doesn't deserve to be dumped before his term expires. He was a strong and honest leader of this complicated state during a very difficult time, the most serious public health crisis in a century. Here is a quick rundown of the many reasons why we believe major alternative candidates to Newsom would not do better as governor. Most do not support the public health measures that have protected California against COVID-19, such as the governors of Texas and Florida, opposed to the requirement of a mask and the Green Pass. Leading Republican candidates also oppose the policies that have made California a global leader on climate change. Newsom has aggressively pushed for a fossil-free future in the state,and major candidates to replace it will slow down these efforts or, worse, reverse them by embracing more fracking and more oil drilling.




Washigton Post


Even if Newsom wins, this vote will show how far


Bill Whalen

has fallen

, Hoovwer Institution



Newsom has yet to become governor. If anything, it has steadily shifted California further to the left to an extent its predecessors would not have dared: universal asylum for all children at age 4, California Guard troops away from the Mexican border billions in data in an effort to solve the chronic homeless problem. of California. California also has limits on how far it is willing to move to the left




WSJ


Medvedev stops Djiokovic's run at the US Open, no Grand Slam


Covid-19 and the complicated road to becoming a routine disease


California vote test on Newsom's ability to govern in times of pandemic


Newsom's performance is the first to be judged by the voters.

The Democratic governor is betting his political survival on the measures he has taken against the spread of Covid-19.

Radio host Larry Elder, Republican and chief opponent of the governor, said he would repeal most of the state's anti-Covid-19 measures before drinking his first cup of tea the day he takes office.

Elder, 69, said the measures unnecessarily hindered businessmen, students and worshipers.


"This is the closest we have to a referendum on how we should deal with Covid and whether there is electoral punishment for anti Covid policies," said Joshua Spivak, a member of the Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, at Wagner College. . The recall gap reflects a heated national debate. In Texas, officials from Democratic-run cities and counties are suing Republican Governor Greg Abbott for his executive order banning local governments from enforcing masking mandates. Several Florida school districts have defied orders from GOP Governor Ron DeSantis banning similar mandates. A state appeals court on Friday upheld the governor's order and reinstated the ban.



NYT


In California shouts of electoral fraud and rigging, an echo of 2020. It's the new normal for Republicans after the Trump era









USA Today


An enduring legacy from the 2001 terrorist attacks that echoes louder each year is how the nation in a time of dire need and crisis has come together. It doesn't happen anymore. Polling republished this month by the Pew Research Center recalls how Americans spoke with one voice after nearly 3,000 were killed. There were equal measures of sadness and anger regardless of political affection. Politicians from both sides stood on the steps of the Capitol and sang "God bless America." Nearly 8 in 10 Americans displayed the national flag outside their home. These days, the United States loses the equivalent of a 9/11 attack about 3,000 people - every three to four days to COVID-19. The disease has killed more than 650,000 in the United States. Nevertheless,far from answering with one voice, Americans can't even agree to get vaccinated and put an end to this nightmare.


Trust in the government, the media and President Joe Biden is at or near historic lows. The result is a stew of fantastic lies that populate social media stating that vaccines are unsafe. This has created a disproportionate disproportion, with people living in low-vaccinated states four times more likely to be hospitalized and over five times more likely to die. And while the new wave of COVID-19 fueled by a frighteningly more contagious delta variant has forced more people to receive vaccines, still just over half the population is fully vaccinated and America remains more skeptical of the vaccine than almost everyone else. villages.

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