It is not part of her election campaigning, but German Chancellor Angela Merkels did not miss an opportunity to connect with the people during the annual opening of the Chancellery on Sunday.
It is an opportunity for members of the public to go inside the building in Berlin, check out the Chancellor’s car and see other attractions like the Chancellor’s helicopter.
Other government buildings with open doors include the foreign and defence ministries.
“I think it’s very informative, but I’d like to see more of the Chancellery than just the ground floor and the garden,” said one man at the event.
Merkel is tipped to win a third term after the September 22 ballot, and many Germans approve of her handling of the eurozone crisis.
However, signing autographs as she opens the Chancellery and takes the annual tour is all part of the tradition – not a sign of her approval rating.
Merkel was criticised for visiting the former Nazi concentration camp at Dachau during the campaign period.