Olaf Scholz or Robert Habeck: who communicates more successfully

Asat in the afternoon of September 12th Olaf Scholz alongside Israeli Prime Minister Jair Lapid. The two exchanged views with five Holocaust survivors. It wasn't in Israel, not in the Chancellery, but in the house of the Wannsee Conference, the place just outside Berlin where 80 years earlier the mass murder of the Jews had been planned.

The Federal Chancellor spoke a few introductory words. He recalled the "monstrosity of the crime" that had been planned "bureaucratically, pedantically, with precision." He called for opposing "all anti-Semitism" and promised continued support for the Jewish Claims Conference. At the end he said "thank you very much", as he does after speeches or at the end of press conferences. Scholz spoke of a "touching moment". His emotion was not noticeable.

Had four months earlier Robert Habeck held a press conference in the Federal Ministry of Economics. Next to him was Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba. "Maybe I can start this press conference with a personal note," said the Green politician. Habeck told of a phone call with Kuleba. He "thinks" that it was the first evening of the war. "I called and I could hear in your voice the fear of being overrun." It was "one of the most urgent" phone calls "I've ever had in my life".

A grateful interlocutor

If Scholz is a sober politician, Habeck is a political storyteller. He brings that with him from his many years of work as a writer. He even presents political statements in a tone that sounds like deep emotion. Sometimes the viewer holds his breath because it looks like Habeck is fighting back tears. The Green has long been a grateful interlocutor for the media, attracting viewers with his openness.

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