A very left-wing thing. A two-person play. A ping-pong with flashes of inspiration. Each one a sparring partner for the other.
The accomplished opposition politician and the equally accomplished clown argue together: in action against political routine. Gregor Gysi, who wants to make politics richer with humor; Martin Sonneborn, who gives politics a bad name with his wit - two test in conversation how far you have to go to be out of the ordinary.
Gregor Gysi, born in 1948, lawyer and politician. As a lawyer, he represented Robert Havemann, Rudolf Bahro and other critics of the regime. 1989-1992 party chairman of the PDS. 1990-2002 and 2005-2015 parliamentary group leader of the PDS and the Left Party. He is still a Member of Parliament. President of the Party of the European Left from December 2016 - December 2019. In 2020, he was appointed foreign policy spokesman for the Die Linke parliamentary group in the Bundestag.
Martin Sonneborn, born in Göttingen in 1965, studied journalism, German and political science in Münster, Vienna and Berlin; master's thesis on the absolute ineffectiveness of modern satire. Co-editor of Titanic. Thinks it's funny to have been a member of the EU Parliament for seven years now, in spite of his conclusive scientific arguments. His most recent book is "99 Ideas for the Revival of Political Utopia: The Communist Manifesto".
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Hans-Dieter Schütt, born in Ohrsdurf in 1948, studied theater studies in Leipzig, was editor and chief editor of the daily newspaper "Junge Welt" in the GDR. He has published numerous essays, biographies and interview books. Among other things, he contributed to Gregor Gysi's autobiography "Ein Leben ist zu wenig" and the book "Gysi vs Sonneborn: Kanzlerduell der Herzen".