Britta Ernst is herself a successful politician; She does not want to be the “first lady” of the next chancellor. But this is easier said than done.
Olaf Schultz likes to talk about Britta Ernst as “the love of my life”. “I love my wife – that is the most important thing in my life,” he told Bild newspaper. He told the women’s magazine Brigitte that without her he would be a completely different person – and thanks to her he would be a better person.
From what little is known about the life of the spouses, one can think that they shaped them more than the other way around. Until his mid-30s, Schulze was hopelessly unathletic. “Olav, I can’t go on like this with you,” Ernst, a passionate runner, said at the time. “You have to do something for your fitness.” That’s when Schultz started jogging and rowing later as well, today it feels smoother than ever. I also once sent him to Kilimanjaro, on study leave, so to speak.