RU
RU KZ EN
-17°
-17°C
clear
Almaty Astana Aktau Aktobe Atyrau Zhezkazgan Karaganda Kokshetau Kostanai Kyzylorda Pavlodar Petropavlovsk Semipalatinsk Taldykorgan Taraz Turkestan Uralsk Ust'-Kamenogors Chimkent
Exchange rate
USD / 184.45
EUR / 208.19
RUR / 2.67
CNY / 29.54
Contacts
Contact us +7 (727) 388 8020 +7 (717) 254 2710
Weather in city
KZ RU EN
Contact us +7 (727) 388 8020 +7 (717) 254 2710
  • USD / KZT - 184.45
  • EUR / KZT - 208.19
  • RUR / KZT - 2.67
Almaty Astana Aktau Aktobe Atyrau Zhezkazgan Karaganda Kokshetau Kostanai Kyzylorda Pavlodar Petropavlovsk Semipalatinsk Taldykorgan Taraz Turkestan Uralsk Ust'-Kamenogors Chimkent Tengri FM 107.5 Friday, 30.01.2015
-17 °C
clear
Hot news: Golovkin on cover of Boxing News and Boxing Monthly and two more songs Super Bowl alert after measles outbreak warning in Arizona EU must realise Russia sanctions lead nowhere: Moscow Toyota says to return to World Rally Championship in 2017 Twelve people, including seven civilians, killed in east Ukraine: officials Total chief says to slash exploration outlays by nearly third Honda cuts profit forecast as airbag recall weighs heavy Greece will stay in eurozone: French PM Gaza war pushed Palestinian economy into recession: IMF Amazon surprises with $214 mln quarterly profit Obama clash looms after Senate passes Keystone Tom Petty says no hard feelings on Sam Smith song EU to expand Russia blacklist, ready for more measures over Ukraine Extremists from Kyrgyzstan see new opportunities in Kazakhstan and Eurasian Union Vinokourov presents Astana Pro Team yellow jersey to Kazakh President Extradite or prosecute: Deputy Prosecutor General of Kazakhstan on Ablyazov's case Golovkin to hold next fight in USA: Tom Loeffler Kazakhstan's environmental standards for TPP three times behind Europe Apple ties with Samsung as world's top smartphone vendor Second grader in hijab erupts controversy in Kazakhstan Obama to request hike in US military budget: officials Russia's Gazprom profits plunge 61%, hit by Ukraine row Sundance filmmaker turns focus on Mormon offshoot Poroshenko and US press Putin on Ukraine violence IMF begins work on 'Plan B' as US blocks reforms McDonald's CEO pays price for growing woes US 'monitoring closely' as new Greek PM shakes up policies Hollande urges Turkey to 'break taboos' on Armenia WWI killings Bulat Ayukhanov's dance company presents Triumph of Russian Ballet on February 5 Prime-Ministers of Russia and Kazakhstan in talks It will take 5-6 years for Kazakhstanis to stop quoting domestic prices in the US Dollar Amal Clooney in court to condemn Armenia genocide-denier Greece-EU clash spreads to Russia sanctions

Euro crisis cements Merkel support for election duel

Germany swings into election countdown next week when Chancellor Angela Merkel and her chief challenger rally their party faithful for a campaign likely shaped by how hard the euro crisis hits German wallets, AFP reports.

Merkel, 58, will seek to fire up her conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) at their two-day party conference in the northern city of Hanover from December 4, eyeing a third term as chancellor in autumn 2013.

Opposing her from the centre-left is Peer Steinbrueck, 65, whose Social Democrats (SPD) already faced an uphill struggle to unseat arguably Europe's most influential leader even before their leading light became embroiled in a nagging fees-for-lectures debate.

Known as a straight talker, Steinbrueck, a finance minister under Merkel in a former "grand coalition", will address the SPD rank-and-file in Hanover on December 9, with polls showing a significant CDU lead.

While the general elections, whose date has not yet been set but must be held next September or October, are expected to usher in the third CDU-led coalition since 2005, its likely partner is less clear.

After historically scooping nearly 15 percent of the 2009 vote, Merkel's current junior partner, the pro-business Free Democrats have plummeted in the opinion polls to below the five percent level required to enter parliament.

Vilified in parts of southern Europe over her pro-austerity mantra, Merkel has become Europe's 'go-to' leader at the helm of the crisis-wracked bloc's top economy, and, at home has long been Germany's most popular politician.

Steinbrueck has been dogged, since being picked end-September, by a cacophony of questions about the 1.25 million euros ($1.62 million) he made from speeches on the side, prompting news weekly Spiegel online to dub him "The Wrong Candidate".

With the focus so far on his earnings rather than his policies he was roundly punished in the polls earlier this month, his approval ratings slumping nine points from October, while bickering within Merkel's fractious coalition has not dampened approval of her handling of the euro crisis.

--- Merkel seen as 'not getting nervous' ---

Political scientist Gero Neugebauer, of Berlin's Free University, said that Merkel's popularity among voters boils down to her cool and calm guardianship of Germany's purse strings, amid bailouts of several eurozone nations.

"German voters are happy with Mrs Merkel because the majority believe that she is protecting their interests from the need, the ambitions of other countries," he told AFP.

She "is appreciated for her way... of not getting nervous, being almost emotionless," he added.

Analysts say the financial rollercoaster that has brought Europe to its knees over the last three years will be a hot-button issue in Germany's election campaign.

And the longer Europe remains mired in crisis, the better it could be for Merkel because "in a crisis situation the population stands more firmly behind her", political scientist Gerd Langguth told AFP.

However he warned of a possible backlash if aid to pull Greece back from the brink of bankruptcy is deemed too costly.

To supporters' cheers Steinbrueck pulled no punches in the Bundestag lower house of parliament last week when he accused Merkel of doing a "dance of the seven veils" over the actual cost to German taxpayers of rescuing debt-ridden Greece.

Merkel nimbly retorted that hers was the "most successful government since reunification" in 1990.

"All parties want to save the euro, but all also want to win the Bundestag election at all costs," the Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily said a day after the two rivals crossed swords.

"Therefore fierce quarrelling hangs over the next stage of help for Greece," it said.

With unemployment rising and slowing growth, Germany is showing signs that the crisis is taking an increasingly heavy toll after having so far proved more resilient than its neighbours.

Steinbrueck has called for tougher regulation on banks but Neugebauer said that if the SPD is to wrest power next year, its links to German economic circles are so good that business leaders would not be in for a "shock".

However the SPD faces a "handicap" in voters' eyes from the lack of a clear political distinction between the two parties which are close in their stances on a number of issues, Langguth, a Merkel biographer, said.

And quick political changes of heart also hold no fear for Merkel.

"She's no ideologue, she's a pragmatic problem-solver and that is what people want," he said.
28 november 2012, 18:49
3 0
Поделиться:
Euro crisis cements Merkel support for election duel
http://en.tengrinews.kz/userdata/news_en/2012/news_14832/thumb_m/photo_22712.jpg
http://en.tengrinews.kz/politics_sub/Euro-crisis-cements-Merkel-support-for-election-duel--14832/
Write your comment
Please introduce yourself:
Inicate your e-mail (confirmation required):
You can also log in as:
Comment:
By pressing "Send" button, you express your agreement with the rules of comment section
Sea of candles marks 'magical' rally that shook Berlin Wall
Some 200,000 people joined a candlelight procession marking a watershed mass protest 25 years ago that helped bring down the Berlin Wall a month later.
3 221 0
The Eiffel Tower in numbers
The Eiffel Tower is the most visited monument in the world that charges for entrance. Here is a factfile on France's iconic building.
3 417 1
Berlin passion for 1940s fashion untempered by WWII hue
With her blotted red lipstick, perky coiffed curls and fitted 1940s skirt suit, Constanze Pelzer looks like she's stepped off a World War II film set. From head to toe, the 49-year-old German is the picture of 1940s elegance -- from the little glasses and striking jewellery to her red sling-backs, her entire outfit is authentic.
3 419 0
'Miracle' of the Marne: the WWI battle that changed history
At the start of September 1914, after just one month of war in Europe, the German army were at the gates of Paris. The word on the street was that Emperor Wilhelm II had already booked a dinner table on the Champs-Elysees.
3 397 0
Madagascar unleashes poisoned rain to break locust plague
The choppers swoop in, dumping insecticide over a plague-stricken village in Madagascar's stunning central highlands.
3 389 3
A day at the Met: opera for New Yorkers and the world
In a cramped backstage area at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, French mezzo-soprano Sophie Koch adjusts her 19th century dress.
13 627 1
Nazi past overshadows genius of Porsche
The name Porsche has long made sports car enthusiasts swoon but the Nazi past of the famous brand's founder has left his Czech hometown sorely divided over his legacy.
3 327 0
Paraguay group turns garbage into sweet melodies
Parents all over the world often complain about their children's music being garbage.
3 497 0
Most Read
Most Discussed
Today
Week
Month
Яндекс.Метрика