Next Sunday, Germany will elect a new parliament, the Bundestag. And slowly but surely, the Wahlkampf is invading our lives. On the radio, in the news, but most noticeably: in the streets. In this photo essay, an impression of how the parties are trying to convice the Germans to vote for them.
Special posterboards have been erected for election campaign posters. But most are not used fully.
Some try to lure us to their websites with QR codes. Even if the posters are put up in such a way that the QR codes are hard to scan. If this is a design error, what does that say about the party or canidate in question? And what does the fact that the QR code leads to an non-transparent shortened url say about this party in question?
And of course, there are those who claim to be the ones with the courage to tell the truth. To me it seems that they are often also the ones trying hardest to hide the truth by oversimplifying issues.
In any democracy, there’s always room for parties with an extreme message. Some of them are trying to shock people into voting for them with extremely rude messages: ‘Which a….. will you vote for next time?’
I’m not eligible to vote in these elections, so to me it’s mostly amusing. But then again, with Germany being one of the driving powers of Europe, I think these elections are important for all Europeans. So, please my German friends: be wise with your vote.