WLike Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Economics Minister Robert Habeck (Greens), Federal Finance Minister Christian Lindner (FDP) also has a dialogue format to talk to citizens about issues. It's called “Now” and is currently taking him all over Germany. He came as Federal Finance Minister, not as FDP federal chairman, Lindner emphasized several times on Thursday afternoon in the Colosseum Theater, a former Krupp machine hall in the center of Essen, the height of a church nave and converted. It is Lindner's tenth stop, around 150 citizens came.

Simply because factual questions are often political questions, a sharp separation of roles is a fiction. In addition, Lindner, who knows all about rhetoric, always strives to be perceived as a man of clear convictions. In Essen, the finance minister used a young man's question about whether his pension would still be secure in 42 years to make a passionate plea for the FDP's heartfelt concern of funded retirement provision. After another participant pointed out that the federal government should switch to double-entry bookkeeping, Lindner, after a short specialist dialogue, developed a commitment to the debt brake.