PhD geophysicist who studied in Karlsruhe, New Zealand and Hamburg; Alexander Gerst is a German astronaut who was part of the International Space Station crew from May to November 2014.
Born May 3, 1976, Gerst was highly active under the Twitter handle @Astro_Alex during his stay in space. This page collates DW's latest content related to Alexander Gerst.
Elections in Italy and Austria have shown the power of populist tactics to gain votes. Does this spell the end to social democracy as we know it? Dirk Schümer is Europe Correspondent for Die Welt, based in Venice. Emma Wallis asked him first what he thought about the Austrian election results and whether van der Bellen's victory means that the tide is turning back towards established parties?
Austrians were at the polls last Sunday and were perhaps guaranteed to deliver a surprise whatever the result. The winner would either be the EU’s first far right head-of-state or first Green President. As it turns out it is the former Green party leader, Alexander Van der Bellen, who will take up post. Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna on an election watched in all European capitals.