Merkel vs Schulz: Their strengths and weaknesses

It seems that Martin Schulz might be able to re-energised SPD, SocDems even beat CDU/CSU in one poll after a very long time.  What is his biggest advantage and the biggest weakness when facing Angela Merkel? And what is her biggest advantage and the biggest weakness when facing Schulz?

Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz. Credit: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/f

Chancellor Angela Merkel and SPD leader Martin Schulz. Credit: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/

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Berlin attack: Is it possible to stop such attacks?

What happened in Berlin looks like the Nice copycat attack whatever the motive is. Is there any lesson learned out of it in terms of police work and counterterrorism or we have to simply accept that it is impossible to stop somebody who decided to use a truck as a weapon? Read few comments.

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Why Merkel will (or won’t?) run for being the Chancellor?

There are huge speculations that Chancellor Angela Merkel may say on Sunday if she will run again for being the Chancellor. If she do this what is her biggest advantage and what about her biggest weakness in terms of attracting voters? Read few comments?

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Election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. What does it mean for Merkel if AfD ahead of CDU?

It seems it is not totally unrealistic that AfD is fighting for the first place in the regional election in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. How important is to score well for AfD? And if AfD scores really well what kind of impact it may have on the German political scene? Read few comments.

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What to look at in Visegrad Four-Germany relations?

As V4-Germany summit is taking place in Warsaw how do you see V4-Germany relations, what do you think is currently the most important topic of their relations and why? Read few comments.

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Updated Germany’s civil defence strategy: Scaremongering or a logical step?

According to media reports in Germany about updated concept of civil defence some people call it scaremongering. But in general, how do you see the security situation in Europe, how necessary is it to (at least) talk to public about security challenges and about preparations how to meet those challenges? Read few comments.

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Banning burqa as security measure? What do experts think?

A ban on wearing burqa is among security, anti-terrorism measures discussed in Germany after series of attacks. The Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière will not support this though he reject the burqa. What would be your opinion, may burqa ban somehow contribute to fighting terrorism or maybe not much, and why? Read few comments.

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