Sahra Wagenknecht has one wish: that "a party is created in Germany that can change the work of the government". The question is whether such a party will emerge under Wagenknecht's leadership.
Because for weeks there has been speculation in political Berlin that the politician could turn her back on the left and become "independent". And Wagenknecht is doing its part to ensure that this speculation does not break off. But what would it look like, a Wagenknecht party? In which milieu would she be at home?
Sahra Wagenknecht is a phenomenon. It represents radical left-wing views, but still appeals to the bourgeois camp and is at the same time feared as competition by the extreme right. AfD boss Alice Weidel recently said that Wagenknecht was very popular with large parts of the AfD electorate.
However, Wagenknecht is not the first figure of longing who draws her attraction from the opposition to her own people. As a rebel who wants to give contours to the supposedly softened core of a party, Thilo Sarrazin and Friedrich Merz were also hotly traded candidates as leaders of a new political force.
One reason that both Sarrazin and Merz gave as to why they never took this step was the weirdos that attract such a project and make it unpredictable. The history of the AfD has proved them right: once founded by professors and disappointed CDU members to protest against Merkel's euro rescue policy, the party is now a haven for extremists.
Just a "top-fermented heap", as Alexander Gauland once said. A Wagenknecht party would probably be the bubbling counterpart.