Can the East? Baerbock, Scholz and Laschet had to ask themselves that more often recently. How they do on the marketplaces of the not so new countries – and what pitfalls lurk in this intercultural election campaign.
Ulrike Nimz, Weimar / Apolda / Leipzig
Annalena Baerbock stands in the shadow of larger-than-life men. They are made of bronze and have been dead for a while. In the drizzle, the Greens set up a podium covered with artificial turf, at the German National Theater, directly in front of the Goethe-Schiller monument. Weimar, one could say, is one of those East German ghost towns, namely a place of great minds. Anyone who is campaigning here can imagine the breath of history wafted through them. For Annalena Baerbock, it feels like a headwind on this gloomy August day.