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ÜBERMUTTI – 21 nuggets from yesterday’s debate at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH) where students grilled German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt about the economy and free trade agreements - with some surprising compliments
Moderator Lykke Friis handing the floor over to Prime Minister – and former classmate in political science at the old building on Roseborggade – Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
The Prime Minister starts by picking the low-hanging fruit.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt commenting on the Greek demonstrations in 2012…
…followed by a pointed finger at you-guess-which European-banana, oops, sorry, olive republic.
Lykke Friis introducing Angela Merkel with examples of the relationship between Denmark and Germany, which, according to her, has never been better.
Said Angela Merkel, who spent a lot of time learning Bohr’s theories as a physics student at the University of Leipzig.
Angela Merkel’s EU-pep talk, part one.
Angela Merkel’s EU-pep talk, part two.
Angela Merkel points out that the global economic and political balance of power is shifting.
Angela Merkel places the ball in the students’ court – and adds that we need to be quicker, among other things, to develop social models and to link the humanities with the natural sciences.
Merkel rounds out her presentation with a blatant advertisement for student exchanges through the Erasmus program.
Merkel answers a question about how she envisions the European project in 10 years. Helle Thorning-Schmidt did not follow up.
More visions of the future from Merkel.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt on the controversial free trade agreement between the USA and the EU. Both she and Angela Merkel reject the idea that the agreement will compromise European standards and environmental agreements.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s answer to the question: »Has the finance crisis made the EU more technocratic and less democratic?«
A student compliments Helle Thorning-Schmidt’s and Angela Merkel’s bright clothing.
Angela Merkel on the receiving end of another critical question about the free trade agreement with the USA.
A female law student gets the audience to laugh (and Angela Merkel to google Ishøj, we’re guessing).
The same student trying to get Angela Merkel to exert political pressure on the issues of taxes on financial transactions, which the Chancellor, unlike Helle Thorning-Schmidt, supports…
… the Chancellor’s elegant response.
Helle Thorning-Schmidt stretches – at the last minute – to include the Femern bridge in the debate.
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