A decision by Germany’s high court means that Poles with German ancestry can now take part in September’s general election via absentee ballot. For many members of the minority group, the change is of huge symbolic importance.
Bruno Kosak, a Pole of German descent, refers to himself as “more German than Germany itself.” Full of yearning for the “Deutsche Heimat” (German homeland), the 78-year-old insists on staying up to date with current affairs. “I read up on everything that Chancellor Merkel gets up to,” he says. “I even shook her hand once during a visit to Berlin.”