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German voters' views: Jonas Koll
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Jonas Koll
Name: Jonas Koll
Age: 22
Lives: Eichstaett
Works: Student
Current voting intention: Undecided

With two days to go I'm still not sure who to vote for.

In fact very few people I know have decided yet.

It is an indication of how the political parties' campaigns have been received, particularly by people of my age group.

We feel alienated by the parties. They are not making politics accessible to young voters.

The TV debates between the main candidates were a good example. The level of debate was simply too technical.

No one seems able to follow the arguments or make a clear distinction between the candidates. All we see are parties with no clear profile. We just see bickering.

However all my friends who are undecided are determined to vote. There will be a lot of discussion going on this weekend as people decide who to vote for.

I am personally divided between two parties - the SPD and the CDU.

I'm leaning towards the SPD, but I am by no means 100% sure.

GERMAN VOTERS' VIEWS

I am in favour of the SPD's economic policies, but I also favour the more conservative stance taken on moral issues, such as gay marriage, by the CDU.

There have been positive signs of economic change under the SPD and we have to wait for their reforms to take shape.

In the last election I voted for the Greens, but this time I don't think they or the other smaller party of note, the FDP, have any real policies.

It's strictly between the SPD and the CDU. That's why the most likely outcome will be a grand coalition between the two.

It would be a political experiment and I'm sure a lot of voters would feel betrayed by this outcome.

But I'm not sure how much it will really matter. I don't see any real change happening in the near future.

Current levels of unemployment will probably not come down over the next 20 to 30 years. A lot of younger people are under the impression they will have difficulty finding a job.

I'm not being pessimistic, just being realistic.


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I think you are overly pessimistic - if you can be sure of something it's that there will be change, whether for the worse or for the better. Another thing: As a German, you are free to find a job and move within Europe. If you are young, well educated and know languages - what's the problem? (I'm German, too, but living and working in Canada.)
Michael Palmer, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

The CDU want to push through a flat tax. This is insanity if one understands the Hamiltonian system of national banking. The SPD are also far too green right now, but Schroeder can and must change. Do not support Angela Merkel.
J Schmidt, Berlin, Germany

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