Who are the “people” he has to convince? A few hundred thousand elitists who make all the decisions and who ostracize anyone who does not accept their diktat. Populism has never been a force in Europe except when a thug like Hitler makes an appeal to raw emotion. Germans especially just don’t know how to organize grassroots movements.
We don’t ?
An ex-member of a grass roots organization was our last foreign minister and Germany is the main fund raising area for greenpeace.
There’s no building project that is not accompanied by ‘critical’ citizens.
To name a good example for a change - the billion project of a glass palace for european self celebrations in my home town has been turned down in favour of paying back states debts - by a grass roots oposition.
At times my country looks much too grass rooty for me.
We just don’t accept elites here - that’s our true problem.