Life goes on in Sonneberg, also with the first AfD district administrator. Also for everyone who didn’t vote for him. But how?
The district office in Sonneberg is a rust-red tiled administrative wing. 62 years after it was built, on a hot Wednesday in August, a young man in light, short pants is standing across the street: Christian Tanzmeier, at 32, the youngest CDU politician on the Sonneberg district council. He points to two windows on the second floor. They are mirrored. “This is the district administrator’s office,” he says. “There he is now.”
He. Robert Stuhlmann, whom the Sonnebergers elected as their new district administrator in June. It is the first top municipal office that the right-wing extremist party has conquered. Across the country, the AfD has reached record values in polls, in Thuringia it has been in first place for a year. Your right-wing leader Björn Höcke speaks of a “political earthquake”. Maybe Sonneberg is really just the beginning. Perhaps there will soon be many Sonnebergs.
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