Meanwhile, her company PURinvent slid into insolvency.The first didn't come as a surprise to her; the second did.They had jumped into the market too quickly, largely due to impatience - both Petry's own and that of her investors.
For him, a two on Germany's one-to-six scale was a good grade.
They were also incredulous about Merkel's sudden decision to turn from nuclear power to renewable energy in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, in particular because there was hardly any public debate over the sudden shift. But what really made them angry were the eurozone bailouts, Sven Petry said. Those who doubted whether a common currency was fundamentally a good thing were accused of being reactionary. It reminded Frauke of her childhood, when there were always two truths, the public one and the private one," he said.
In 2012, her mother brought an event by a group called Wahlalternative 2013, or "Election Alternative 2013," a precursor to the Af D, to her attention. "People immediately paid attention to her," says Sven Petry.
They got to know each other in high school, where they were both good, curious students.
But Frauke was better, he said, and she received by far the best grades on her graduation exams.