The CDU candidate for chancellor commits a faux pas, the election campaign moves into the disaster area.

Erftstadt / Vienna. What exactly was so funny was still not clear the day after. One thing is certain: Armin Laschet puddled for a little more than 20 seconds on Saturday with a small group in a fire station in Erftstadt, West Germany. A few dozen meters in front of him, the German Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier (SPD) spoke in front of cameras about broken roads, destroyed bridges and lost belongings.