Yellow card for Marcelo. coast almost in red

Popularity of the two political leaders plummeted this month. But, while the president holds out with a positive balance of 37 points, the prime minister is left with just six, reveals a survey by Aximage.

This month Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is shown a real yellow card. But it’s even worse for António Costa, who is approaching the red. According to the Aximage barometer for JN, DN and TSF, the popularity of the two leaders plummets and the prime minister now has barely six points of positive balance (difference between positive and negative evaluations). This month, the president’s fall was more pronounced, but the fact of starting from a very high level allows him to maintain a generous positive balance of 37 points.

The last month and a half was critical in the Portuguese assessment of the two politicians (but also for those in the Opposition). The survey asks no questions about the reasons for the Portuguese disillusionment, but the calendar gives enough clues. If, in early June, the government was still surprised by the British alert for the delta variant, a month and a half later the country is in the middle of the fourth wave of the pandemic.

Unlike previous crises, there was a lack of harmony between Costa and Marcelo. The differences were public, with the president calling for a less “fundamentalist” approach and refusing to return to a state of emergency; and the prime minister to maintain strict criteria, but to be hit, even so, with the shards of mistrust that were arriving from the United Kingdom, Spain, Germany and France.


The end result, for both, is an unprecedented drop, in all parameters, since July of last year (when this series of barometers began). In the case of the prime minister, the fall had already started in May, accumulating a loss of 18 points in positive assessments (now 41%) and an increase of 16 points in negative ones (35%). The wear and tear of your Government and the recurrent discussion about the need to make a remodel (see text opposite) will help to explain the negative moment.

The break is reflected in all segments of the sample, but there are some that stand out. Until April, the elders were always one of the anchors of the prime minister’s popularity. Since then, there has been a massive desertion of seniors, to the point where they are now the most discontented: in the population aged 65 and over, Costa’s balance is now negative. In regional terms, the prime minister only has the benefit of the doubt in Lisbon and the Center. In the North region, in Porto and in the South, the balance is already negative. In party geography, the positive balance is now limited to voters from Left parties.


The situation of the president of the Republic is different: he fell more than the prime minister this month, but he started from a much higher level and therefore continues to have an unparalleled popularity. It lost 15 points from May to July in positive assessments (now has 55%) and rose eight in negative (18%), resulting in a positive balance of 37 points (almost the same as in July last year, at the start of the barometers) .

Marcelo was also punished by the older ones (low 29 points in the positive evaluations), but there is a fundamental difference in relation to Costa: among respondents aged 65 and over, the president still has a positive balance of 41 points. Like the prime minister, the worst results are in the North and South regions and in Porto, but with a positive balance. In party geography, the socialists continue to be the most generous (despite the collapse), but they start to have a negative balance between those who vote for CDU and Chega.


Storm Eifel: Angela Merkel visits flood victims

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Merkel visits flood victims – storms in Bavaria and Saxony

Many helping hands from all over the country come to lend a hand

The water goes out, the clean-up begins. Many volunteers help out wherever they can. The Bundeswehr, the police and the THW are also sometimes with heavy equipment to help the people affected.

The massive rains do not stop: On Saturday evening heavy storms hit parts of Bavaria, Saxon Switzerland and Austria. Chancellor Merkel wants to get an idea of ​​the devastating flood situation in the Eifel.

Unwetter had left a swath of devastation in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate – more than 150 people died from the floods. With new storms in the south and east of Germany, the district of Berchtesgadener Land in Upper Bavaria declared a disaster late on Saturday evening. Huge amounts of rain also fell in Saxon Switzerland. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) wants to visit the hardest hit areas in the Eifel on Sunday.

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Merkel will be in the Community guilt, which was hit particularly hard by the storm disaster, to get a picture of the situation, said the State Chancellery in Mainz. Afterwards (2.30 p.m.) a press statement is planned in Adenau – together with Prime Minister Malu Dreyer (SPD) and other Rhineland-Palatinate ministers.

After the devastating water has gradually withdrawn from many flood areas in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, the search for fatalities and injuries continues in the rubble.

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Guilt / Eifel after the flood

Huge rainfall caused heavy flooding in parts of Saxony on Saturday. In the Saxon Switzerland several locations of cities and municipalities were no longer accessible. Neustadt, Sebnitz, Bad Schandau, Reinhardtsdorf-Schöna and Gohrisch are particularly affected, the district office informed in the evening. The railway line between Bad Schandau and the Czech Decin was closed.

Read here what the situation is like in North Rhine-Westphalia, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saxony and Bavaria

“The situation is tense, but manageable,” said the situation center of the Ministry of the Interior in Dresden at the request of the German Press Agency.

Storm in Saxony

Extreme rainfall has led to flooding in Saxon Switzerland

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Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz meanwhile promised emergency aid in the hundreds of millions. “It takes a national show of strength,” said the SPD politician of “Bild am Sonntag”. On Wednesday in the cabinet he wanted to put two things on the table. “Firstly, an emergency aid, with the last flood, well over 300 million euros were necessary for this. So much is needed now, ”explained Scholz.

“Second, we have to lay the foundations for a building program so that the destroyed houses, roads and bridges can be repaired quickly. As we know from the previous catastrophe, it is billions of euros. “

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Heavy rainfalls in Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler

NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU), who visited the disaster area in Erftstadt with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Saturday, promised direct aid for the people affected and said that “money would be paid out very unbureaucratically”.

Seehofer has announced a visit

Steinmeier had called for solidarity and donations for the victims. “The willingness to support has to continue, both large and small,” he said. Federal Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has announced that he will be in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate for Monday.


Luisa Neubauer reaps criticism for climate strikes

AIn view of the severe storms in western Germany, the climate protection movement Fridays for Future has announced strikes in more than 40 locations. “The extent of the destruction leaves you speechless,” wrote climate activist Luisa Neubauer on Twitter. The strikes on Friday would also take place in solidarity with those “who have lost so much”.

“These disasters must have political consequences,” Neubauer continued. In response to the severe storms in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, which has now more than a hundred fatalities, politicians from several parties also called for increased climate protection.

The 25-year-old received a lot of praise for the announced strikes – but not exclusively: Many people called on Neubauer to help even in the crisis areas. “Yes, a strike is an incredible help for those affected. Cool idea, ”wrote one user ironically.

In view of the severe weather disaster in western Germany, Neubauer had particularly sharply criticized the CDU / CSU’s climate protection plans. While the people in the stormy regions had to struggle with the consequences of the climate, Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet (CDU) “is running an election program for the federal election that will accelerate the climate crisis,” said Neubauer of the Düsseldorf “Rheinische Post” (Friday edition).

Neubauer called it “phenomenally lying” that Laschet was now calling for “more speed” in terms of climate protection. “He has governed NRW for years and is currently doing everything with his politics to ensure that the global climate targets are missed,” is her allegation. “We will increase our pressure, there can be no ‘business as usual'”, emphasized the organizer of Fridays for Future in Germany.


Armin Laschet in the “summer interview” on ARD: Clear words in the direction of Maaßen

  • Armin Laschet completed a relaxed gallop for the hot phase of the election campaign in the ARD “summer interview”.
  • The Union chancellor candidate does not want to reduce or increase taxes and is pushing for face-to-face classes after the summer vacation.
  • He chooses clear words about the controversial CDU man Hans-Georg Maaßen – which the television audience does not see.

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Armin Laschet has not yet done much in this federal election campaign – and has done everything right. While the former high-flyer Annalena Baerbock is plagued by scandals about additional income and missing sources, the Union Chancellor candidate can relax and watch his polls climb.

The ARD “Summer Talk” early on Sunday evening probably didn’t raise the pulse of the 60-year-old, either. The cozy chat traditionally isn’t one of the most demanding tasks in the election campaign, and this conversation with Tina Hassel was no exception. The dramatic power struggle with CSU boss Markus Söder for the candidacy for chancellor purrs together to “demanding ten days”, which Laschet leaves behind with his typical dimpled smile: “It would have been better otherwise, but if you have an idea and for it advertises, you also have to endure tough times. “

This Laschet has steadfast qualities, he reminds his former and current competitors, “many have miscalculated in recent years,” he says, the eternally underrated. But what ideas does he have now that he wants to advertise in the 77 days leading up to the federal election? That doesn’t get much clearer this Sunday evening.

“Summer interview” with Armin Laschet: hopes for the Joker

Concrete announcements are admittedly a tricky thing for chancellor candidates. You have to be measured against them, unlike against vague goals. “Germany should remain an industrialized country, but climate-neutral”, is how Laschet describes the motto for his chancellorship, and once again confirms the impression of the last few months: here someone promises both-and-also.

An accusation that Tina Hassel confronts him with, of course: Especially when it comes to climate protection, the CDU program contains many commitments, such as the Paris climate goals, but the path is very unclear. Laschet does not accept this, points out the commitment to phase out coal and the CO2 price. Ultimately, however, the Union wants to approach the problem in a “technology-open” way. “We cannot say what will happen in February 2031 or in March 2035”. It sounds a bit as if Laschet ultimately trusts a Joker that he does not yet have in his hand.

Just like with the crucial question that a member of the Junge Union asks by single player: Who bears the costs for the pandemic and the promised investments afterwards – who should pay for everything, who has so much money? “Tax increases would be poison”, Laschet is convinced, but also says: “This is not the time for tax breaks”. The chancellor candidate is sticking to the black zero – so what remains is the hope, in Laschet’s case: for growth and full employment.

Everything for classroom teaching

The CDU Spin Doctors couldn’t have imagined the setting for the summer talk better, the sun shines over Berlin’s government district, excursion steamers sail across the Spree, people hang around on the banks – it is this normality after months of corona lockdown that could become the Union’s greatest trump card in the federal elections. The surveys of the pandemic months show: As long as the population agreed with the measures, the Union had good to excellent values. When approval crumbled from the spring of 2021, the CDU and CSU became duster. Now the seasonality of the virus is contributing to the high of Armin Laschet – but only a sign of lockdown before September 26th, and the general weather situation is turning again very quickly.

It is hardly surprising that one of Laschet’s few concrete statements revolves around Corona: The Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia is pushing for face-to-face lessons after the summer holidays, you have to do everything for that, Laschet is thinking of mask requirements, air filters and regular tests. “That is the only guarantee for some children that they will have real educational opportunities.” What is not needed, however, is a school summit, as the Greens are calling for: “It already exists, namely the Conference of Ministers of Education.”

During the pandemic, the Conference of Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs was one of the many bodies that politicians could point their fingers to when something wasn’t going so well. A practice that Laschet has also mastered. He always associates errors with a level with which he has nothing to do. See climate policy: There is too little pressure on Russia and China at the G20 meetings. Or, another example: “In the Bundestag” it was not possible to agree on a fair distribution of the CO2 price between landlords and tenants. You could have phrased it differently: The governing coalition did not do a good job, for example. Or: The Union faction has blocked other solutions. After all, Laschet promises: “The current regulation will not last.” Alternative proposal? Nothing.

Stoppage time that is not shown

Moderator Tina Hassel is friendly with her guest, in keeping with the atmosphere, but she can’t spare him one unpleasant question: Why the party, which sat in the Federal Chancellery for 16 years, should now resolve the reform backlog in Germany. Here too, however, Laschet’s externalization strategy takes effect – it’s always the other’s fault too. The Social Democrats who co-ruled in the Grokos, the FDP, the Greens in the state governments. Which leads to the conclusion: Laschet urgently needs an absolute majority.

In the evening Hassel dismissed the candidate for Chancellor in all seriousness with a football question: Who will Armin Laschet bet on in the final? For the record: Italy, 3: 1.

But it becomes interesting again in stoppage time, which ARD viewers are not shown at least on television, but only in the live stream on the Internet: viewers are allowed to ask questions, and lo and behold, the name Laschet does not even pronounce for weeks wanted, but now for the first time in his mouth: Hans-Georg Maaßen.

The outsourcing party will not receive any support from the federal party, says Laschet. Whether Maassen can become a member of the parliamentary group is a “legal question” and not that easy: “It depends on whether he is committed to the parliamentary group’s principles.” There is already a “power word” that is often called for – no coalition, no cooperation, “not even talks” with the AfD.

At this point, then, a recommendation from the Chancellor candidate: When asked whether he prefers Netflix or Amazon Prime, Laschet says: “The ARD media library.” There you can look up Laschet’s answers to the tricky questions.


Global minimum tax union criticizes Scholz ‘”baby” economy

For years, countries around the world have been undercutting each other when it comes to corporate taxes. This should now be over: The G20 countries stand behind a major, global tax reform at the weekend, which provides for minimum tax rates worldwide. The Union parliamentary group in the Bundestag, on the other hand, criticizes the decision. “Instead of taking a big step towards more tax justice, we are experiencing exactly the opposite,” said the CDU MP Antje Tillmann, the parliamentary group’s financial policy spokeswoman. None of the goals of the OECD project to reform the world tax system, which the group has supported since the beginning, would be achieved with the reform that has now been decided.

The finance ministers of the major industrial and trading states, including Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD), agreed on plans in Venice on Saturday for a minimum tax of 15 percent to prevent tax evasion and a new distribution of the rights to tax international companies among the states. Olaf Scholz promises: “That will make the world a better place.” For years, the German finance minister had been one of the driving forces behind the reform internationally. “We know Olaf, that’s your baby,” said US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen to the German Treasury Secretary at a meeting with Scholz in Washington. The reform is intended to turn a system inside out that, after around 100 years, is no longer considered up-to-date. The final questions should be clarified by October so that the heads of government of the G20 countries can agree.

In the past few decades, countries around the world have been caught in a race to the bottom: In the struggle to attract large companies, they have continued to lower their corporate taxes. “This is a race that no one has won,” says US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Instead, it has taken resources from the countries that they would actually have better invested in the citizens and infrastructure, i.e. in schools, hospitals or in retirement.

“Completely unclear who is keeping their word here”

Ultimately, global corporations – especially large digital companies such as Amazon and Google – often paid hardly any taxes because they shifted profits to tax havens or saved billions with tricks. This is unfair compared to the small craft business or the bookstore around the corner, according to the German Ministry of Finance.

“Originally, the idea was intended to limit ruinous tax competition. Instead, despite the agreement, the 132 consenting states can now choose for themselves whether to introduce minimum taxation,” but CDU MP Tillmann now criticizes. “It is completely unclear who will keep his word here in the next few years. It is even unclear whether the EU will participate, as three member states are among the seven critics, but we need their approval for an EU-wide introduction.”

Exceptions for the financial sector and the raw materials industry also strengthened “the exploitation of developing countries and leave them alone in international tax competition,” she complained.

Well-known tax havens have already approved the reform

Almost all 139 OECD countries have already approved the reform at working level, including well-known tax havens. On the other hand, the three EU states Ireland, Estonia and Hungary are among those who refused. An international agreement is to be concluded for the new distribution rules. The minimum tax must be implemented individually in the states.

Two innovations are now planned: All internationally active companies – regardless of where they are based – should pay at least 15 percent tax. No tax rate is prescribed to any state. But if a company with its subsidiary pays less taxes abroad, the home country can collect the difference. So it would no longer be worthwhile to shift profits to tax havens.

The second part of the reform is about the distribution of the tax cake among the countries. Large companies should no longer be taxed only in their mother country, but also where they make good profits. This affects, among other things, the digital corporations who make high profits through Internet sales or advertising clicks even where they have no branch. According to the previous rules, they don’t have to pay taxes there. That should change – but the exact formula for the distribution is still being worked on.


CDU stable, Greens and SPD now on par

In the federal election campaign, the race will be tighter, at least for the Greens and the SPD. Only the CDU can currently rest on a comfortable lead, shows the new INSA survey.

In the latest INSA poll on the federal election, which was commissioned by Bild am Sonntag, the Greens and the SPD are now on par with 17 percent. The Union currently holds its top position unchallenged at 28 percent. The AfD gained one point compared to the previous week and is now 11 percent. The left was able to compare the same increase, receiving the approval of eight percent of those questioned in the survey. The FDP still has a stable 12 percent. Small parties receive a total of seven percent.

Mathematically, a government majority from the Union, FDP and Greens (Jamaica coalition) or the German coalition from the Union, SPD and FDP would be possible. Neither a traffic light coalition nor black-green currently have a majority.

In the current Kantar poll by Emnid (July 10), the CDU has 29 percent, the SPD 15 percent, the Greens 19 percent, FDP and AfD 11 percent, and the Left 8 percent.

Dobrindt sees the German coalition as a solution for the federal government

In the “Germany coalition” expected in Saxony-Anhalt, CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt sees a possible model for all of Germany. Such an alliance of the Union, SPD and FDP is “also conceivable for the federal government, there must also be a government option without the Greens,” said Dobrindt of “Bild am Sonntag”


New investigation: ancillary income of members of the Bundestag increased sharply

Dhe additional income of members of the Bundestag has risen sharply in the current legislative period, according to a report. Since an initial balance in 2013 of an estimated 30 million euros, they have now increased to around 53 million euros, writes the “Süddeutsche Zeitung”, citing a study by the Otto Brenner Foundation. The largest proportion of secondary earners therefore comes from the Union faction, followed by the FDP.

According to the study, 261 of the 709 members of the Bundestag stated that, in addition to their mandate, they also have paid sideline jobs. The study therefore describes ancillary income as a “problem of a privileged minority of parliamentarians”.

Following a tightening of the transparency rules as a result of the mask affair and cases of paid lobbying work for Azerbaijan by Union MPs, additional income of more than a thousand euros per month will no longer have to be specified in stages, but rather precisely quantified.

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The study criticizes the fact that even with the new procedure a precise control of the information is not guaranteed and suggests that a separate commission of members of parliament and external experts be appointed to examine it.


According to the study, plans by the Union and FDP mainly help high earners

Dhe election manifestos of the parties for the Bundestag election differ significantly in terms of the financial impact on citizens, according to a report. While the SPD, the Greens and the Left would like to better position small and medium incomes in particular, the CDU / CSU and FDP are planning the greatest financial plus for high earners, as reported by the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” in its Thursday edition, citing calculations by the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW). If the Union and the Liberals prevail, the gap between rich and poor would widen further.

The ZEW economists calculated the central proposals of those five parties that have a chance of participating in the government after the election. In doing so, they focused on tax, social and family policy, the effects of which on individual households can be quantified financially. The election manifestos and additional documents show that the Union is planning to improve households with gross earnings of 150,000 to 250,000 euros per year by an average of 5,000 euros.

Union plans four percent more for high earners

According to the report, this corresponds to a financial plus of more than four percent. In this way, the Union would relieve high earners four times as much as almost 80 percent of the taxable population, for whom it provides less financial plus.

According to the report, households with the Greens and the SPD can expect a bigger plus in their wallets up to the middle class. If their plans were implemented, the risk of poverty in Germany would also decrease. According to the information, a couple with two children who earn 40,000 euros a year can expect an additional 3,000 to 4,000 euros. On the other hand, high earners with more than 150,000 euros a year want to burden the SPD and the Greens more than before.

The left want households up to the middle class to do a lot better than what the SPD and the Greens are planning, the report said. The FDP promises a multiple of what the Union is planning, especially in the upper classes. The costs for this are supposed to be offset by growth alone; The FDP excludes additional debts or higher taxes.


500 euro bonus for corona vaccination?

So Things can change quickly. Until recently, the scarce vaccination doses were the biggest hurdle for the German vaccination campaign – but now, as in other countries, a new question arises: Do enough people want to be vaccinated? The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has set a quota of at least 85 percent as a new target in view of the Delta variant. They consider it “necessary and also achievable”, but recently warned that it was “crucial” that unvaccinated people are motivated to take advantage of the offer. Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) warned on Wednesday on Twitter: The vaccination rate is still high, but “we need a national vaccination jolt to keep it going in July and August.”

But what could this motivation look like? There are no signs of such unusual approaches as in the USA with lotteries, free beer and free marijuana. But the demands for positive incentives and low-threshold vaccination options are increasing. The researchers Jan Schnellenbach from the TU Cottbus-Senftenberg and Ekkehard Köhler from the University of Siegen are demanding a bonus for people who are vaccinated. This could be substantial, Schnellenbach told the FAZ. “I am thinking of 200 or 300 euros.” A recruitment bonus for vaccinated people who motivate friends or family members to be vaccinated is also useful and preferable to hard interventions such as mandatory vaccination.

“We will not get around compensations”

“With a bonus of 100 euros we are going towards 80 percent vaccination readiness,” said economist Nora Szech from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology of the FAZ. “With 500 euros we achieve 90 percent.”

These figures are based on a study that Szech published in April. The result: high payments are very effective, but amounts of $ 20 – the study was carried out in the USA – can even reduce willingness to vaccinate because the ethical importance of vaccination is weakened.

Szech has therefore been advocating high vaccination premiums for months, even for those who have already been vaccinated. Otherwise there would be an incentive for people who have not yet been vaccinated to wait until bonuses are introduced. The social value of a vaccination is 1500 euros, she quotes a study by the Ifo Institute. Part of it should be paid out to the citizens.


East Commissioner Marco Wanderwitz is sharply attacking AfD voters – politics

The Federal Government’s Eastern Commissioner, Marco Wanderwitz (CDU), has intensified his attacks on AfD voters. “If I vote for a right-wing radical party, then something is wrong with me,” said the Saxon member of the Bundestag when the report on the status of German unity was presented in Berlin. Wanderwitz interpreted a voting decision for the AfD as an indication that these voters had difficulties with democracy. “That’s not what Democrats do,” he said.

With a view to dealing with AfD voters, Wanderwitz explained that there must of course be a dialogue offer. “But it cannot be the reaction of politicians that a particularly loving speech is chosen as a thank you for right-wing extremist voter behavior, so to speak.” It also has to be said: “You don’t do that because it endangers democracy.” When he looks at the members of the AfD in the state parliaments and in the Bundestag, it runs “coldly down his back,” said Wanderwitz. “These are women and men who have no good plans for this country.” It is about politicians, “who want to abolish this democracy and this free basic order. I cannot seriously support that as a voter.” Wanderwitz had sparked a debate weeks ago when he explained the above-average electoral successes of the AfD in the East by saying that part of the East German population had solid non-democratic views and referred to the influence of the dictatorship in the GDR.

When he presented the annual report on German unity, he drew a largely positive balance for the federal government. “Our country has made substantial progress since reunification, this also and especially applies to this legislative period,” said Wanderwitz. Equal living conditions, prosperity and social cohesion, “these attributes apply to more and more regions in the new federal states”. There are still differences between East and West. However, these are no longer exclusively or predominantly due to the division of Germany or the upheaval after reunification.

According to the report, economic power in the east has now risen to 81 percent of the national average, but the structurally weakest regions are all still in the new federal states. The unemployment rate averaged 7.6 percent in the east and 5.6 percent in the west. There has been little progress in aligning with the West. However, some regions have clearly caught up, said Wanderwitz, and one could no longer speak of a nationwide structural weakness. It is therefore no longer appropriate to differentiate only between East and West. That is why cardinal points no longer played a role in the funding; instead, regions throughout Germany that needed help would be funded.

Expansion of broadband and mobile communications in the east a “gigantic success story”

The federal government has achieved a lot in recent years, said Wanderwitz, citing the establishment and relocation of federal authorities and research institutions to structurally weak regions as an example. No federal government has been more successful in this area in recent years. The CDU politician also mentioned the expansion of broadband and mobile communications, the urban development subsidies in the East is a “gigantic success story”. Many billions have been invested since 1990. In this way, according to Wanderwitz, town centers and village centers, which were in a miserable condition in 1989, “were partially brought to a level of renovation where some regions in the old federal states say: Well, things look much better here with you than with us”.

His report also included showing differences in political attitudes. “What is characteristic of the new federal states is a generally more skeptical, more distant and also more critical basic attitude towards politics and democracy compared to the old federal states,” said Wanderwitz. Some of the population in the new federal states had a “feeling of collective disadvantage”. A third of the people see themselves as “second class citizens”, but a quarter of the people in West Germany also have this feeling. The federal government still has work to do here. “We cannot and must not accept a social drifting apart,” warned Wanderwitz. “We have to talk to people more about the causes of dissatisfaction.” In this context, he said that a not small part of the AfD voters in the new federal states opt for this party “because it is a right-wing radical party”. The choice of the AfD could not be justified by anything, said Wanderwitz.