Far Behind - Chancellor Candidate Peer Steinbrück / Afghanistan Withdrawal / Mysterious Darknet / Series: "Dream Destination: The Bundestag" - Susanna Karawanskij (The Left Party)
All the recent opinion polls reveal that Peer Steinbrück and his Social Democrats are trailing the governing Christian Democrats. Now Steinbrück has launched a huge campaign -- with everything from open-air events to door-to-door canvassing -- to try to win over the voters.
ISAF -- and with it the Bundeswehr -- is slated to complete its withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2014. But the future of the country looks bleak. It's feared the Taliban could once again take power and the international community would be almost powerless to prevent it.
Government surveillance of the Internet - by the US National Security Agency - is a hot topic in Germany. But much sensitive info is transmitted over what's known as the darknet. Activists involved in the Arab Spring and a number of whistleblowers have disseminated information this way. But criminals also use the cover of the darknet to conduct illegal dealings.
In this series, we've been talking to politicians who are campaigning for parliament in the upcoming election. What are their motivations? Why did they choose to go into politics? What are their goals? What do they hope to achieve for their party?
Would-be member of parliament Susanna Karawanskij calls herself a representative of the "Third Generation". The Left Party candidate from Saxony tells us what she means by that. The 33-year-old cultural studies graduate has gained experience of two different political systems.