The corona crisis welds German politicians together. They are unusually unanimous when it comes to announcing the exit restriction. But the debate can hardly be stopped.
- The corona crisis * requires decision-making powers from politicians.
- They are unusually united on the subject of “ shutdown ”.
- Only one politician opposes the rest.
Update from April 2, 2020, 9:10 p.m .: Germany has been in a state of emergency for weeks in the Corona crisis . The shutdown is necessary to avoid an explosion in the number of cases - and the majority of government politicians still do not want to talk about concrete steps from the situation (see below). FDP leader Christian Lindner nevertheless continues to insist on precisely this delicate debate.
Discussing the end of the situation is not dubious, but "necessary" Lindner told Tagesspiegel in an interview. Although no one would have to convince him of the need to block contacts , the following still applies: "We will not be able to wait until a vaccine is available." "We do not want to experience a 100-day contact block," said the FDP parliamentary group leader.
"The current state must not last a minute longer than necessary. And that is not even a question of the economy, but of the civil liberties of the Basic Law, ”emphasized Lindner. What is needed are “comprehensive, mass tests for viruses and antibodies , a trustworthy smartphone app”, but also adequate medical care.
Even if major events are still to be expected, "schools, trade and manufacturing would have to be started up again," the FDP chief continued. After that, the catering trade could follow - "perhaps with larger distances between the tables and service staff wearing protective masks". Experts and authorities would have to work out the exact procedure, also using experience from South Korea or Sweden .
He criticized the Merkel government's communication strategy . "Nobody knows exactly what the Federal Government is up to," Lindner told the newspaper: "If we want to maintain the acceptance of the population for the many restrictions, we have to open up prospects."
Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) was able to point to positive figures on Thursday - the rise in the number of corona cases in the Free State is slowing . However, Söder does not want to deviate from his line, as he confirmed to the "Munich Mercury" *.
Corona shutdown: Prime Minister warns - chances of normal life after April 19 "very, very low"
Update of April 2, 2020, 2:26 p.m .: CDU politician Reiner Haseloff , Prime Minister of Saxony-Anhalt told the MDR about a possible end to the exit restrictions : "The probability that normal life can start on April 19 is very high , very low. ”According to Haseloff, no country chief would speak of and about an exit from the shutdown , reports bild.de.
Accordingly, Schwerin is preparing for a possible extension of the corona measures beyond April 19. According to the report, Schwerin Mayor Sebastian Ehlers (CDU) said that the technology for circulation procedures would be created in order to ensure that the political committees could still be quorate.
A virologist, however, questions the extension of the initial restrictions in the talk of "Maischberger" (ARD) Merkel's target.
Corona shutdown: Merkel moves away from weekend statement and names new target
Update of April 2 : April 5 is off the table - on Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) announced in an audio press conference (PK) that the Federal Government would not consider ending the exit restrictions until April 19 at the earliest want. Politics is divided into two camps, one of which already wants to debate exit strategies from the shutdown , the other considers it premature.
On the day of Merkel's PK, NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) convened a "Corona Expert Council" for his state, which was to develop standards for how and when things would go on after the Corona crisis . Also on Wednesday, FDP leader Christian Lindner again asked the federal government to open prospects for a gradual relaxation of the restrictions so as not to endanger the acceptance of the population .
Merkel-PK to Corona-Shutdown - Bosbach: sound like the "first moon landing"
The former President of the Federal Constitutional Court, Hans-Jürgen Papier , warned against a long-lasting encroachment on fundamental rights , according to Merkel's announcement. "If this takes a long time, then the liberal constitutional state has abdicated," he told the Süddeutsche Zeitung. He currently considers the restriction of freedom of movement to be legal. The former Federal Minister of the Interior, Gerhart Baum (FDP) , spoke to the editorial network in Germany for an expiry date of all measures taken of two months .
Merkel's audio PK had had sound problems . "Is this a difficult sign? If even that doesn't work in Germany, a sensible audio press conference with the Chancellor? ”Asked Bild the former Bundestag member Wolfgang Bosbach (CDU) and the former SPD leader Sigmar Gabriel in a video interview. The sound reminded "a little bit of the first moon landing," says Bosbach, but he was absolutely certain that it would not happen again. He and Gabriel agreed that the frequency of Merkel's public appearances is currently appropriate - otherwise it will "wear out".
Corona shutdown in Germany: Merkel moves away from weekend statement and gives new benchmark - when will measures end?
Update from April 1, 2020, 6.44 p.m .: The contact restrictions due to the corona crisis apply until at least April 19. Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) continued to urge discipline on Wednesday after a conference call with the prime ministers of the federal states, especially for Easter. On Tuesday after Easter, on April 14, the situation should be reassessed together. Quite late, but obviously not otherwise possible. A virologist, however, questions the extension of the initial restrictions in the talk of "Maischberger" (ARD) Merkel's target.
The Chancellor emphasized that the goal remained to slow the spread of the corona virus. There are "slight improvements" here, but it is "far too early to think about loosening the contact restrictions," Merkel emphasized. Also, "we cannot make a statement today about what will happen after Easter," she dampened expectations for the future. The ratings by the Robert Koch Institute remained decisive, Merkel said.
A signal from the Chancellor was initially lost due to technical problems with the transmission of the audio conference. According to Focus online, Merkel should have moved away from her announcement last weekend that a doubling of the time for infections must go "in the direction of ten days" in order to think about easing the restrictions in Germany.
Today she said that especially "severe cases" require much longer treatment in intensive care units "than we initially thought". The average was well over two weeks. Therefore, she now "rather" considers a doubling time of "12, 13 or 14 days" to be correct as a guideline. If the rate increases too quickly, the health care system may be overwhelmed.
Chancellor Angela Merkel and especially CSU boss Markus Söder do not want to debate the end of the shutdown.
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Merkel called for private trips and visits by relatives even during Easter. "None of this will happen this year." This also applies to day trips or church services. She emphasized the adherence to a "nationwide uniform approach". Merkel was basically positive about a tracking app on a voluntary basis. However, it was "not discussed" at the conference with the prime ministers.
Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) emphasized that the protection of old people's and nursing homes has a special priority. For this purpose, test opportunities for the employees there should also be expanded. Instead of new admissions, replacement capacities should be created in rehabilitation facilities, for example.
Corona shutdown: FDP politician wants to open shops "immediately" - a simple measure should make it possible
Update from March 31, 2020, 1:55 p.m .: When will the shutdown in Germany end? This question moves many people - and it continues to generate demands from politics. Even if top politicians still want to stop the debate. The FDP in Bavaria has now made a particularly clear statement.
State parliamentary group leader Martin Hagen advocates that shops in Bavaria may be reopened as soon as they oblige their customers to wear mouth-nose protection and ensure this. Wearing such simple masks makes sense to protect others, said Hagen on Tuesday. This applies to supermarkets, all other shops, but also to local public transport.
This could then be used to relax the retail sector : "We could allow any shop to open if it ensured that all customers were wearing face masks," said Hagen. This could happen immediately. It just shouldn't lead to the fact that necessary equipment for nurses or doctors is missing. Hagen emphasized, however, that in contrast to the right protective masks that are used in the medical field, simple mouth-nose protection is sufficient in everyday life. That could also be a scarf. This would protect others from the risk of droplet infections if you suddenly had to cough.
In Bavaria in particular, however, very different positions collide when it comes to easing the protective measures.
Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) has just warned of an “exit debate at the wrong time”, as Merkur.de * reports. Meanwhile, the German economy continues to suffer from the consequences of the necessary protective measures - there was also negative news on Tuesday.
In Bavaria, Health Minister Huml is also under pressure - Söder demands more speed and sends his lawyers *.
Corona measures in Germany: Iron language regulation up to Merkel - only one shoots sideways
Corona virus politicians are unusually united in times of crisis
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Berlin - A solid crisis is needed to achieve unity among German politicians *. In the current case, it is not even a simple issue. Rather, it is about an extremely profound regulation: the exit restrictions . The Germans should apparently stay at least until the end of the Easter vacation .
A nationwide contact ban has been in effect since March 22 - some countries even go a little further . Initially, this was planned for two weeks. As the end of the "shutdown" * approaches, the demands for clear announcements to update the regulations after the deadline become louder. Many politicians speak up, agree in their answer - almost all of them.
Corona crisis in Germany: politicians announce “shutdown”
"Let's go with it - it's vital." This is how Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) appeals to the population through her spokesman Steffen Seibert . Seibert announced that there was no official regulation for the time after the shutdown. However, many federal states had already expected on March 22 that the measures would have to be implemented at least until the end of the Easter vacation .
The outgoing CDU leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also spoke out for longer bans on contacts. Germany "is not yet where you want to go," she explains. According to reports, Kramp-Karrenbauer also said inside the party that citizens now "expect good crisis management".
Corona crisis unites politicians: citizens expect "good crisis management"
From the ranks of the Union coalition partner, the SPD, there are also clear opinions on the ban on contacts. In their eyes, an exit restriction had to be “made more specific and tightened,” said Mecklenburg-West Pomerania's Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) in the first . Restrictions are absolutely conceivable until Easter. Schwesig firmly rejects debates about early easing.
Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz believes a discussion about ending the ban on contacts before April 20 is impossible. He also considers arguments to loosen up due to the suffering economy to be "unbearable": "I oppose any of these cynical considerations that people have to put up with death in order for the economy to run."
Corona crisis in Germany: A politician is against it
Only one has not yet entered the big political consensus. Of all people, Armin Laschet , the Prime Minister of the federal state most affected by the virus, is resisting Angela Merkel's statements that it is too early to think about an end to the initial restrictions. On the contrary, says Laschet: "The sentence it is too early to think about an exit strategy is wrong."
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The situation remains very serious. Even if we wish it differently: We have to extend the corona measures in Bavaria to April 19, like the federal government, but not tighten them. The exit restrictions continue to apply. Unfortunately, we cannot duck away before this exam. Let us be patient, even if it means restrictions. Let's not give up too soon. Then we will face the challenge. #corona #stay #bavaria
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His current adversary, the Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), is against it. In a press conference on Monday (March 30), he said, "An exit debate, as understandable as it is, is now out of time." It is like other diseases: if you get up too early, you risk falling back.
Anyone who is more popular with his comments is also reflected in a current survey of German politicians: Markus Söder is more popular than ever .
* Merkur.de is part of the nationwide Ippen-Digital editors network.
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