By: Lin Yi-li and Elizabeth Hsu
Michael Kreuzberg, 71, comes from the port city Rostock on the Baltic Sea, which was once in East Germany. He initiated the petition before submitting it to parliament on May 31 and posted it online Sept. 11 to solicit endorsement signatures.
Currently, the petition has received enough signatures to be placed on the agenda of the German parliament or Bundestag, which has decided to hold a public hearing on Dec. 9.
In a recent interview with CNA, Kreuzberg introduced himself as a retiree who previously specialized in marine ecological conservation. In recent years he has undertaken relief work in Ghana and the Philippines to help improve the health care and education available to local children, he said.