German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she's convinced that her decisions on euro-area bailouts and keeping the country's borders open for refugees were right, standing firm on her record in her only election debate with Social Democratic opponent Martin Schulz.
During the election debates, broadcast by ARD, German Chancellor Merkel and Chief of the German Social Democratic Party Schulz have criticized the decision of the former Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder to work in Russian oil company Rosneft. More than half of viewers, 55 percent, named Merkel the victor, according to an ARD poll.
She said she will discuss with European Union counterparts to see if "we can end these membership talks", adding that "I don't see (Turkey) ever joining and I had never believed that it would happen".
Merkel's comments came after Schulz appeared to surprise her by vowing to push for an end to the negotiations if he was elected chancellor in the September 24 federal election. She has previously said she would respect the talks.
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In her pitch to voters, Merkel touted her 12 years of experience as the leader of Europe's biggest economy, citing Germany's low unemployment rate and pledging not to raise the pension age to 70. "Whether we can win over all the countries for this I don't know".
Merkel responded: "We had a very dramatic situation then.There are times in the life of a chancellor when she has to decide".
But with nearly half the voters still undecided three weeks before the elections, the straight-talking Schulz had been pinning his hopes on the prime-time TV showdown, hoping to sway millions to his cause and halt a devastating popularity slide.
"The inclusion of our European neighbors would have been better", Schulz said. During the debate, both candidates refused to rule out continuing their current grand coalition at the national level after the election.