"This causes a loss of trust for many"

According to Eva Schulte-Austum, there are six specific things that politicians can do to build trust.

1. Show determination: “Baerbock takes a stand, Scholz hesitates, which causes a loss of trust for many,” explains the expert.

2. Provide Clarity: “Say clearly what’s going on. Sometimes admitting mistakes.”

3. Provide orientation: According to Schulte-Austum, this includes transparency in decision-making, and the population must also be shown how to proceed.

4. Inspire confidence: “Chancellor Scholz should now make it clear that Germany and the western countries also have something to oppose to Vladimir Putin.”

5. Be present: You can clearly see it in the example of Annalena Baerbock. The foreign minister is omnipresent and has meanwhile been Germany’s most popular politician. The Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy does exactly that: “He shows a hero’s journey, his fighters give their lives for him,” said the trust expert. Selenskyj does everything right, but not Scholz. “A visit to the Ukraine after more than 110 days of war doesn’t help either.”

6. Create transparency: “Where do we stand? What’s next? Decision-making processes must be comprehensible,” she says. It is usually the case that the human brain assumes the worst when there are no answers. “This not only harms politicians, but also democracies.” Right-wing politicians have taken advantage of the fact that the population has developed distrust in the fight against the corona pandemic.

According to the Wahlen research group, Vice Chancellor Robert Habeck (Greens) remains in first place with an unchanged 2.1 points in the assessment of the most important politicians. He is currently the most popular politician in the traffic light government. Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) follows with 1.6 (previously 1.9). Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD, unchanged) and Minister of Agriculture Cem Özdemir (Greens, previously 1.0) are tied at 1.1.

The expert believes that the chancellor could gain the public’s trust right now. Crises are the best opportunity for this. “Scholz would rather say nothing than the wrong thing.” There are three major pillars on which trust is based. On the one hand, the question of whether the person is competent, whether their knowledge and skills are sufficient. On the other hand, it is also about whether the person has a positive intention, an interest in solving the problem. Another point is integrity. Does the person keep promises? is she loyal



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