In Leipzig, Die Linke won in percentage of votes for city council, and Die Grünen for the European Parliament. Still, the far-right AfD had the most impressive gains, now having more city council seats than the SPD, besides a lawmaker in Brussels.
Leipziger Constanze Krehl (SPD) has been a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 1994 and is running for re-election. She took the time to answer the interview questions we sent her, and we publish the answers here in the lead-up to the elections this weekend. Auf Deutsch und Englisch.
Originally from the Leipzig area, Hermann Winkler (CDU) is a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) and is running for re-election. Dieses Interview mit ihm ist Teil unserer Reihe über die Stadtrats- und Europawahlen am 26. Mai 2019. In English and German.
“I was spoken to more during my first moments in Copenhagen than in my first week in Leipzig. Be helpful to a stranger, period. Be kind to the person sitting across from you in public transit, period. It’s not a difficult behavior to participate in, I promise.”
“Five Catholic Poles all ride to Switzerland for a Jesus meet. One Berliner going where I was coming from. He does this all the time, says that’s all it is: just a matter of time.”
It is still not clear whether Brits will be able to move to another EU country – for example, leaving Germany to take up a new job in Spain – without getting visas and work permits after 2019.