German Joys, ein Amerikaner in Deutschland, hat ebenfalls am Sonntag ferngesehen.
(…) all of the leaders showed up, none of them had a teleprompter, and they agreed to be quizzed by journalists. At least some of the time, they actually more-or-less answered on anothers‘ questions. Fancy that! And you know what? They debated Serious Issues, and remained perfectly civil throughout. Everyone called each other Mr. or Mrs., or Kollege (my colleague), or used the appropriate title. There were a few interruptions, and some heated moments, but that was it. The only real breach of etiquette was that Chancellor Schroeder seemed a bit too brassy and defiant. But overall, they talked about the possibility of forming coalitions, and their parties‘ ideas about how to solve Germany’s problems, and other grown-up things.
Watching the average American politician be interviewed is like watching a human being fail the Turing test.