Christian Democratic Union (CDU) leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer attended a final campaign rally in Potsdam on Saturday, as voters prepare to head to the polls in Brandenburg's regional elections on Sunday.
At the rally, Kramp-Karrenbauer, who also serves as Germany's defence minister, urged voters to reject the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, while speaking alongside the leader... Еще of Brandenburg's CDU faction Ingo Senftleben.
«Some might say 'Yes I'm voting for the populists because it gives me a good feeling and I can slam my fist on the table for once.' The problem is that if you do that, you have three seconds where you will feel good, and then come the election results and the government is formed. And most probably you will realise 'Damn, I felt good for three seconds but nothing will change in the state for the next five years,'» she said.
Speaking to the press, Senftleben commented on a potential coalition with the AfD in the wake of allegations that Brandenburg AfD leader Andreas Kalbitz attended a 2007 rally in Athens alongside known neo-Nazis.
«If it turns out that people like Mr Kalbitz have a past that is unacceptable we will articulate that clearly and deal with that in an appropriately critical way» stated Senftleben.
A recent polls for the election on Sunday puts the current majority leader of the coalition the Social Democracy Party (SPD) in the lead with 22 percent, followed by the AfD at 21 percent and the CDU with 16.5 percent of the vote. The Green party and left-wing 'Die Linke' sit at 14.5 and 14 percent respectively.
The east German state is currently governed by a coalition between the SPD and 'Die Linke,' although opinion polling indicates that this coalition is unlikely to be able to form a majority after Sunday's vote.