A badge, a Flyer, and a bag of gummy bears – the candidate really mean this: Almost everyone who rushed on Tuesday evening at the new year reception of the chamber of Commerce and industry Frankfurt stock exchange, was stopped by young women, to these three Choice to get freebies in the Hand pressed. There is the Name of a candidate for the chamber of Commerce wore a full Assembly.

Falk Heunemann

business editor of the Rhein-Main-Zeitung and the business magazine Metropolitan.

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He was not the only entrepreneur trying to draw attention to themselves. Other had created a Flyer, on which they presented themselves to the electorate. And almost all those present of the 187 candidates were wearing a clearly visible round sticker, with the words “I’m running” and the number for your choice of a circle-sector. The obvious: Where else can you meet so many potential voters as is the annual new year reception of IHK Frankfurt, which is one of the largest and most influential in Germany? Around 1,600 guests came to this event, mostly entrepreneurs, Board members, Association representatives, politicians.

“wild West Cowboy” in the White house

“The large network of the economy,” says President Mathias Müller the event, he emphasized, democracy live from the exchange. He needs to know. After ten years in office and re-election, he may not be a candidate in accordance with the articles of Association as a President.


During the Lord mayor Peter Feldmann (SPD) Miller, he was made for Frankfurt’s economy, the outgoing President, with the balance of the own Ministry, not long, rather, he identifies the challenges for his successor. Brexit, Trade disputes, shortage of skilled workers, and a “wild West Cowboy” in the White house: “The grinding marks for our companies will be deeper.” The growth will be lower, the uncertainty. Europe back the case in the competition of the regions of the world and will also be threatened by nationalism. “We are all required to prevent that in the European elections in may, anti-European interests of the majority.”

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Mueller warns warns the politicians, more interested in the Economy. The economy had, apparently, for the new CDU party Chairman Kramp-Karrenbauer Annegret not a priority. But perhaps it could eliminate the Prime Minister of Hesse, this feeling.

the organizers of The new year’s reception had chosen the Prime Minister in this year to your main speakers. The chambers have the task to come, the “power” of the economy in the political discourse, praises the re-elected Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) and calls for a higher turnout at the chamber of Commerce elections. 7.5 percent, which was five years ago, not a sign of strength.