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October 25, 2019: Solid balance sheet, great popularity - is that enough for Bodo Ramelow?


What has Thuringia's left Prime Minister achieved - and does he get a second term in the state election? Also, what could mobility look like in 2040?

Five years ago, it was a political novelty: the first Prime Minister of the Federal Republic, who comes from the Left Party. In Thuringia Bodo Ramelow was elected head of government. Against the resistance of some citizens and even the then Federal President: Joachim Gauck had warned that if a left-politician Prime Minister, that would be difficult for older people with GDR past to accept - this comes from the former trade unionist and Christ Ramelow West Germany. Meanwhile, even the former Saxon Prime Minister Kurt Biedenkopf says Ramelow makes a very reasonable impression. On Sunday, a new state parliament is elected in Thuringia. Political editor Katharina Schuler accompanied Ramelow for ZEIT ONLINE and takes stock: was there red-red-green socialist experiments in Germany's smallest free state? And what are the chances of re-election?

Ecological water buses and hydrogen powered supersonic aircraft - could that be the normal means of transportation in 2040? The physicist and science journalist Niels Boeing has ventured a time travel. In a scenario for the year 2040, he describes how the young people who are active in the Fridays for Future Movement today have grown up and are refusing to buy cars and flights. On the streets there could be a variety of public transport, from shared taxis to autonomous bullet taxis rolling through the city. The number of airline passengers could drop significantly. Boeing talks about what traffic in the capital might look like and what would be technically feasible.

And otherwise? Why not climb on Australia's Uluru.

Moderation: Rita Lauter
Collaboration: Milan Ziebula, Mathias Peer

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