Merkel who was TV interviewed (ZDF), on October 28, feels quite comfortable with the development at the SPD congress. She's got no problem with Beck's thesis and competitive leadership approach.
The polls indicated a large sympathy percentage for Merkel and only little for Beck. But recently, as Beck fought within his party, he acquired a better leadership profile which brought him already a few more sympathy points. Of course, he's got to convince a broad mass of regular and potential SPD voters that his 'social-oriented' programs are better and, moreover, affordable - in view of Germany's hard globalization challenges.