“Just follow all the young people.” Those were the instructions I got when I asked for directions from the subway station to the main auditorium of the Free University of Berlin, where former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders was launching the German edition of his book “Our Revolution.”
What were these young people expecting from a 75-year-old self-described socialist from one of the most obscure states in the US?
“I’m here because I thought the American election was really interesting, and Bernie Sanders was the only one who had radically interesting ideas,” one young German told me.
“It is the same in France,” a French woman on an exchange program said. “Bernie Sanders is very popular.”
“I’m from Russia, and it’s very interesting to hear an American who’s a socialist – that’s not so common,” another member of the audience said.
Most of the people I talked to said that, to use the words of one German woman, “He’s not part of the system.” The applause the Vermont senator received upon entering the hall rivaled that of any campaign event in the lead-up last year’s election. And if the audience was hoping for a scathing critique of Donald Trump, they got exactly what they wanted.
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