The head office of Chancellor of Germany, Federal Minister for Special Assignments Ronald Pafala visited Minsk in the six weeks before the election.
German weekly "Focus" reports on meetings and impressions that the German minister had in Minsk. The publication describes the visit as a political signal to democracy and said that he was motivated by, among others, and family history of Pofalla.
Opening the Minsk Forum — an event that even during the most difficult relations with the EU in Minsk contributed to the development of the Belarusian-European dialogue — Federal Minister said: "The basis for closer relations The EU and Belarus should become a community of values. " In this Pofalla said that "the EU is ready to fully cooperate with Belarus."
According to the publication, the federal minister is not only a political visit, but the journey through the history of the family: his father in Minsk at the end of the Second World War, was taken prisoner. Pofalla Sr. is now 85 years old, and the time to export to Siberia, he estimates as relatively good. By visiting the former concentration camp "Trostenets" his son called this trip "personal interests."
As for the future of Belarus, its path to Europe looks long. It is through the building of a state. A significant obstacle to deeper cooperation with Europe Pofalla called the death penalty, which is used in Belarus. Pofalla also addresses such issues as the legislation on elections, freedom of assembly and the media, in particular — the fact that the presidential candidates and the parties had no obstacles when registering for the elections on December 19.
Just how difficult today the political situation in the country, Pofalla learns from civil society — independent trade unions and the media, said "Focus". Listening to their stories, Federal Minister expressed the hope that the West will be known in which the catastrophic conditions work these people.
In the evening, Ronald Pofalla meets with candidates from the opposition in Minsk residence of the German Ambassador Hrystafa Weill. Within three hours talking about the chances in the elections on December 19. "In a dictatorship it is not about elections, but about the fight," says one of the participants in the meeting. And the further question — about the right attitude, the hopes for Germany, the complex role of Russia — the clearer it becomes: candidates are unlikely to share much more than hostility to Lukashenko.