THE BATTLE FOR THE CHANCELLORSHIP
ZDF DOCUMENTARY (2021)
The Angela Merkel era ends. Who will replace her? Annalena Baerbock, Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz have the chance to become chancellor. But how do they intend to win the power struggle? What qualities do they bring to the table? How will they deal with their own mistakes and weaknesses, and with opponents from within their own ranks? For the documentary, Winnie Heescher and Lars Seefeldt followed the three candidates on camera for months. The close-up of Annalena Baerbock, Armin Laschet and Olaf Scholz analyzes their responses to the biggest challenges of the election campaign – the coronavirus crisis and climate change – and reflects a hyper-nervous political scene. An election campaign that marks a turning point: No other in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany has been so open, none before has taken place under the all-determining conditions of a pandemic.