Germany’s pro-business Free Democratic Party was all but written off after it crashed out of parliament at the last general election in 2013, but is battling to regain its role as traditional kingmaker in German politics in the September vote.
It won’t be easy because the FDP will have to elbow its way back in to a crowded market. It’s one of six parties that are predicted to make it into parliament in September. They include three small parties that are all currently polling ahead of the FDP: the populist right-wing Alternative for Germany, the Greens and the Left Party.
Three ageing politicians are battling to ensure it makes a comeback, which will require shedding its image as a party preoccupied with cutting taxes for its traditionally affluent voter base of dentists, lawyers and tax advisers.
The three include the outspoken Wolfgang Kubicki, 65, an attorney who likes to point out that every day he spends working for the party and not as a lawyer costs him €3,000 ($3,260).