The violinist and the tenor were among 37 prominent Germans invited by the Süddeutsche Zeitung this weekend to put questions to the Chancellor.
Mutter wanted to know: if you didn’t have to rely on the voters, what would be your priorities for demographic development in education, old-age care and preventive health.
Merkel: In a democracy you always have to listen to the voters.
Kaufmann asked: what was your confirmation credo? and does it mean anything to you today?
Merkel: Corinthians 13: And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. It guides me in dealing with the people I meet.