Steinbrück, however, went to the eastern German city of Halle an der Saale and made everything much worse by saying: "East Germany is a region of capable and hands-on people who have very energetically taken control of their affairs." It's an interesting sentence.
If you replace East Germany with Central Africa, you can see how foreign the eastern part of Germany is to Steinbrück.
We had other priorities at the time, and there are certain things that aren't easy to learn later in life.
"Your friend Reinhard Lakomy died yesterday." Reinhard Lakomy was a singer from East Berlin. I had to think of that experience recently when Peer Steinbrück, the Social Democratic chancellor candidate for the upcoming elections, fathomed the soul of the East German voter. Like Merkel, I spent the first half of my life in the GDR, and I have no recollection of ever having developed a European vision there.
He had long white hair and a moustache, and in the days of the former communist East Germany, he was famous for a record called "Traumzauberbaum" ("Magical Dream Tree"). "In any case," Gaissmayer said, "I'm very sorry." Michel Gaissmayer is an old West German who had close ties to the German Democratic Republic (GDR) when the Berlin Wall was still standing. Steinbrück had criticized Chancellor Angela Merkel for not being a European visionary and not being able to give great speeches. And I hardly knew anyone else with a European vision, either.
For him, it's like looking into a dark, bottomless pit.
Capable and hands-on are words you would normally use to describe retirees or people in a disaster zone who keep a stiff upper lip.
Merkel had an East German hairstyle and an East German accent, and, as with many East Germans, people didn't know exactly what her agenda was.