the country will for the first time be governed by a radical who... will try to destroy the German model of consensus politics.
And I think that a woman as chancellor can also serve as a good example
Never before in my political life have I been taken so seriously as woman
I am not here for women only, but also for women.
I find it trivial.
I would want them to decide to have babies. But every woman has to make her own choices.
We know from the 2002 election experience that a lot can happen in the final metres of the race. That's why we're now sticking so close together as a party.
The race isn't over until September 18 at 6 p.m.
Germany cannot go over Poland's head
As politicians we have to react to the fact that many people do not feel that they can relate to the EU.
For a few years, more people have been leaving our country than entering it. Wherever it is possible, we must lower the entry hurdles for those who bring the country forward.
Herr Schroder has conducted two electoral campaigns, and he is doing it again now, by not telling people what is really necessary. He keeps avoiding the difficult and uncomfortable issues, those that imply changes and therefore provoke discussions.
Overcoming the Cold War required courage from the people of Central and Eastern Europe and what was then the German Democratic Republic, but it also required the steadfastness of Western partner over many decades when many had long lost hope of integration of the two Germanys and Europe.
Politicians have to be committed to people in equal measures.
The markets want to force us to do certain things. That we won't do. Politicians have to make sure that we're unassailable, that we can make policy for the people.