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Scholz, Barley & co. on the bus : How the SPD in the East, the voters of addiction

Need to remind Eckhard Schubert, the social democratic Vice-Chancellor, be absolutely sure that your joint party has already experienced better times? "In Marc

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Scholz, Barley & co. on the bus : How the SPD in the East, the voters of addiction

Need to remind Eckhard Schubert, the social democratic Vice-Chancellor, be absolutely sure that your joint party has already experienced better times? "In March 1990, Willy Brandt, has spoken here, and the place was full," explains the former teacher, the Finance Minister, Olaf Scholz, of the square of Eberswalde addiction on a beer bench at the edge of the market, the contact with the citizens. "And in the city Assembly decreed we had 46 percent," recalls the local politicians, the co-founders of the SPD in the city North of Berlin.

Since the municipal elections of 2014 the share of votes of the social Democrats on 21 per cent – less than half of the result from the turning of time. In the rest of Brandenburg, it also looks a lot different – and a few months before the state election. A lot of responsibility to bear, apparently. Goodbye Schubert advises the guest of the Federal policy, at least not yet: "don't make so many mistakes!"

19 years after the appearance Brandt Scholz, Minister of justice Katarina Barley, Parliament managing Director Carsten Schneider and the members of the Bundestag, Stefan Zierke this Thursday for lunch at least a few dozen citizens to the edge of the market place lure. The weather is not too good with the Start of the "Bus Tour" of the SPD group in the Bundestag. Just as Scholz and his company car is rising, a light drizzle.

Under the roof of the tent Scholz and Barley take on the beer benches, place to listen and provide answers. Many who have come, have your working life already behind, and gray hair. Some people are willing to Listen to the two leaders just General life wisdom to give ("you exactly what the doubters say!"). However, often it is such problems that the SPD takes care of intensively, the minimum wage, the low pensions and the high cost of care.

Pensioner, Annegret Schwarz, which was formerly in the public service, is appalled that you have to pay tax on your pension. "The SPD has told over the years, we want to introduce a wealth tax", but nothing happened," throws you to the Minister of Finance. "You speak to a topic that a lot of annoys, but you can't Dodge really," replies Scholz and refers to the requirements of the third power: "The legislature has had due to the Federal constitutional court, there is no choice." Annegret Black the is too little. "Not at all convinced" by the arguments of the politician, she says after the encounter.

The Tour takes in small and medium-sized cities

"Come and listen" is the slogan of the bus tour of the SPD parliamentary group. Until September, the social Democrats want to search for in the East as well as in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, where the SPD is also particularly weak, contact with the electorate. The demo copy-on approach the Ost-SPD Figures in Saxony and Thuringia, according to recent surveys, at little over ten percent, and in Brandenburg Minister-President Dietmar Woidke at 21 percent. In all three Eastern countries will be elected in the fall. Not in the malls during the Bus Tour, but especially in medium and small cities, in which the SPD-members can otherwise rarely see.

Barley is also a top candidate of their party for the European elections. The Bus Tour is to independently assure group representatives, however, synergy effects are welcome. The struggle comes to Europe, the announcement of a campaign against the rise of right-wing populists in the East, where the AfD has been established in many länder, the SPD far behind, and some social Democrats choose not to make your moral lecture, because otherwise listeners alienate?

"The AfD doesn't even have a private pension system"

the member of The Bundestag Zierke is convinced that he can take to the voters if he attacks the party Alexander Gaulands and Alice Weidels frontal. "It also interested, if I say that tourism has been with Europe's money," he says. In addition, his party was still in the East, it is very important to offer the right-wing populist competition was completely blank: "We want to the basic pension, the AfD did not provide a private pension system."

Before the city ordered Schubert warns the Vice-Chancellor from further mistakes of the Federal SPD, he proposes to him, the minimum wage of twelve dollars. His Argument: The increase of low pensions through social assistance costs money. Scholz does not need to be converted. "It is logical what you say," he says, and promises: "We're working on it."

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but What to do to get in a year with three state elections in the East as the SPD back to the ground under the feet? At least Katarina Barley believes in the right way. "There was no criticism of concrete political content, or people," she says, before she climbs back into her car. You have to learn on the market square of Eberswalde, "that it is the most Important thing is to actually be on site and the concerns of the citizens". If the offer of the SPD numbers are actually increasing % to hit, the Bus of the group in the Bundestag, probably even in many small cities.

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