Merkel makes last-minute plea for votes
SHOTLIST DATE: Sept 21, 2013 LOCATION: BERLIN SOURCE: AFPTV IMAGES - VAR Merkel supporters during campaign rally - VAR Merkel arriving - VAR Merkel on stage - VAR Merkel, supporters, singing national anthem SOUNDBITE 1 Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German, 20 sec): "In the run-up to tomorrow we have defended our record and we have said what we want to do over the next four years. And we are asking the people to express their confidence in us. And that means, both votes for the Christian-Democratic union." "Es kommt morgen der Tag, an dem wir Rechenschaft abgelegt haben über das, was wir geleistet haben, berichtet haben über das, was wir in den nächsten vier Jahren machen wollen, und die Menschen bitten, uns ihr Vertrauen auszusprechen. Das heisst: Beide Stimmen für die Christlich-Demokratische Union." SOUNDBITE 2 Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German, 21 sec): "We, dear friends, ladies and gentlemen, have done good work in the coalition of Christian Democrats and Liberals. We also solved many problems during the grand coalition between 2005 and 2009, but the coalition of Christian Democrats and Liberals was more successful. And that is why we would like to continue this coalition." "Wir, liebe Freunde und meine Damen und Herren, haben gute Arbeit in der Christlich-Liberalen Koalition geleistet. Wir haben auch viele Probleme in der grossen Koalition zwischen 2005 und 2009 gelöst, aber wir waren erfolgreicher in der Christlich-Liberalen Koalition. Und wir würden deshalb gerne diese Koalition fortsetzen." SOUNDBITE 3 Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German, 14 sec): "We are seeing today that fewer and fewer people have branch wage agreements in their working lives. So of course politicians must act. But how should they act? Should they themselves fix wages? We don't think so." "Heute stellen fest, dass mehr und mehr Menschen keinen Tarifvertrag mehr haben in ihrem Arbeitsleben. Also muss die Politik handeln, ja. Aber wie muss sie handeln? Muss sie jetzt selbst den Lohn festlegen? Da sagen wir Nein." SOUNDBITE 4 Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German, 15 sec): "We have managed to consolidate our budget in the wake of the great international financial crisis to the point that will allow us, in 2015, to start paying back some of the debt mountain that has accumulated over decades." "Unser Haushalt konnte nach der grossen, internationalen Finanzkrise soweit in Ordnung gebracht werden, dass wir 2015 beginnen können, von dem grossen Schuldenberg, der sich über Jahrzehnte angehäuft hat, etwas zurückzuzahlen." SOUNDBITE 5 Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German, 17 sec): "It is also clear that Germany can only do well in the long term if all of Europe does well. This is why the stabilisation of the euro is not just a good thing for Europe but it is also in Germany's most elementary interest." "Es geht auch darum, dass es Deutschland auf Dauer nur gut gehen kann, wenn es ganz Europa gut geht. Deshalb ist die Stabilisierung des Euro nicht nur eine gute Sache für Europa, sondern sie ist im elementare Interesse Deutschlands." SOUNDBITE 6 Angela Merkel, German Chancellor (German, 20 sec): "Responsibilites lie with national governments. This is why the Christian Democratic union -- and this is what tomorrow's election is also about -- will never allow joint debt repayment funds or eurobonds. They would get us nowhere." "Verantwortlichkeiten sind bei den Nationalstaaten. Deshalb wird es bei der Christlich-Demokratischen Union, und auch darüber entscheiden die Menschen morgen, keine gemeinsamen Schuldentilgungsfonds und keine Eurobonds geben, meine Damen und Herren. Das führt uns nicht weiter." /// AFP TEXT STORY /// Germany-vote-poll,POLL German election too close to call: poll =(PICTURE)= BERLIN, Sept 21, 2013 (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right coalition is set for a photo finish with her rivals, the final poll before Sunday's elections showed. Merkel's conservatives scored 39 percent, with her pro-business allies, the Free Democrats (FDP), on six percent in the Emnid survey to appear in Sunday's Bild weekly. Her main rivals, the centre-left Social Democrats, scored 26 percent and their preferred allies, the ecologist Greens, won nine percent. Together with the far-left Linke party, the combined leftist opposition garnered 44 percent in the poll compared to 45 percent for Merkel's coalition. However, the Linke has been rejected as a coalition partner by all major parties. A wild card in the election are small parties. A new eurosceptic Alternative for Germany party scored four percent, below the five-percent threshold to send MPs into the Bundestag lower house of parliament. "This vote remains exciting right to the end," Bild quoted Emnid head Klaus-Peter Schoeppner as saying. Key to the success of Merkel's current coalition is the precarious fate of her junior partners, the FDP, which crashed out of Bavaria's state parliament last Sunday. The latest poll shows them narrowly staying in parliament but if that is not the case on election day, Merkel would have to find new partners -- most likely with her traditional rivals the SPD, with whom she ruled in a previous 2005-09 "grand coalition". The poll was conducted between last Saturday and Friday morning among 2,047 people. kjm/ric
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