The election programs have been printed, the parties' campaigns have started, the hot phase begins: in the coming weeks it will be decided which party will convince the voters most in the federal election on September 26, which coalition will rule the country in the future, and who will soon be in Federal Chancellery is seated.

Because Angela Merkel is leaving office after sixteen years, there will definitely be a new Chancellor.

So that you, dear readers, can form a comprehensive opinion before the election, the FAZ has launched a new format -

“Ask the Candidates”


In this series of digital interviews, you have the opportunity to put the top candidates of the parties (the Greens briefly announced their federal chairman Robert Habeck instead of Annalena Baerbock as an interview partner) together with Reinhard Müller, senior editor in the FAZ's policy department.

In four events we ask the candidates questions about programs, demeanor and current developments, which you are welcome to submit in advance.

This Thursday, Christian Lindner, party leader and top candidate of the FDP, is a guest at our series of talks.

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The only requirement for your participation: You must be a subscriber to our F + digital access.

If you don't have access yet, you can complete F + here.

You will then receive a registration link for the event with Christian Lindner separately by email shortly after registration.

All existing F + users will also receive this email.

We look forward to your participation!

The dates in detail:

  • Armin Laschet

    , Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia and Chairman of the CDU, will answer the questions on

    August 11th from 3pm to 4.30pm.

    (You can watch the video of the conversation here)

  • Christian Lindner

    , Federal Chairman of the FDP, will answer the questions on September

    2nd from 3pm to 4.30pm.

  • Olaf Scholz

    , Federal Minister of Finance, SPD, will answer the questions on September

    3rd from 1pm to 2.30pm.

  • Robert Habeck


    Federal chairman of the Greens, will answer the questions on

    September 8th from 4pm to 5.30pm.