Berlin Much had been speculated about why left-wing faction leader Sahra Wagenknecht announced her departure from top politics. Now the 50-year-old has spoken out about the reasons – and more clearly than ever before.
"Yes, I had a burnout," she told the magazine "Super Illu". She was on sick leave for two months – and got a clear message from the doctor, she says. "The doctor said to me in no uncertain terms: you can't go on like this!"
Sahra Wagenknecht: "I have more energy again"
Wagenknecht, who turned 50 on Tuesday, had announced in the spring that she would retire from leading the parliamentary group. She had given health reasons, but without going into detail. Wagenknecht said at the time that she no longer wanted to subject herself to a "certain degree of constant stress".