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Will Merkel's tough lockdown come after Easter? Laschet calls for a "fresh start" in the fight against the pandemic


Merkel is dissatisfied because the corona measures are not strict enough everywhere. Action could follow after Easter. Laschet is in the mood for a "new attempt".

Merkel is dissatisfied because the corona measures are not strict enough everywhere.

Action could follow after Easter.

Laschet is in the mood for a "new attempt".

Update from April 3, 8 p.m.:

The hashtag #laschetdenktnach was recently very popular on Twitter.

The CDU boss and North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister received a lot of ridicule for his statement that he wanted to think about Easter about how to break the third corona wave.

In an Easter message, Laschet now called for "a new attempt" in the fight against the pandemic.

"The virus is an insidious enemy because it is invisible," Laschet emphasized.

It's a tough and exhausting fight, especially considering the mutants.

"We have every reason to hope that the situation will improve step by step," he said, referring to the ongoing corona vaccinations.

"Right now, engagement across party lines is so important," Laschet continued.

The federal, state and local governments would have to do this together.

Management has to get better.

“To do this, we need a new attempt” in order to win back the trust of the citizens.

He announced “another big step” in testing and vaccination.

Everyone has the opportunity to be tested for free, and there will be a lot more tests in schools after the Easter break.

And vaccination will also pick up speed after Easter.

Will Merkel's tough lockdown come after Easter?

Chancellor probably specifies plans to change the law

Update from April 3, 2:44 p.m.:

The idea that the federal government will intervene more strongly in the measures to combat corona in the future is not yet off the table.

"The countries have the full range of instruments and we are seeing that additional measures are now being implemented in many countries," said a government spokesman for the AFP news agency.

"At the same time, consideration is being given to whether and how the federal government should make uniform guidelines if the federal states' actions are not sufficient to stop the third wave."

First report from April 3:

Berlin - Your thought process about tightened corona measures is not yet complete - that was the publicly known stand of Chancellor Angela Merkel's (CDU) thoughts before Easter.

With "Anne Will" she brought into play that she might want to change the Infection Protection Act in order to prescribe more precise regulations nationwide.

Because the Chancellor complained that some federal states were not implementing the federal-state agreements consistently enough - despite the increasing number of infections.

She also said on the talk show with Anne Will: "I'm not going to stand idly by for 14 days and nothing happens that promises a trend reversal." That was on March 28th.

So two weeks later it is April 11th.

That means: After the Easter days, things could get exciting again.

Angela Merkel does not want to stand idly by - discussions in the Chancellery about further measures

According to a


report, discussions are already taking place at the federal level.

The Chancellor appealed to everyone to adhere to the applicable corona rules over the Easter days.

Nevertheless, according to the article, the Chancellery expects the number of infections to rise significantly, and a hard lockdown for the time after is under discussion.

Important at this point: Nothing has been decided yet!

That should also be a source

the Union top

have confirmed




"There is talk about a new passage in the Infection Protection Act, but also about a Bundestag session in the run-up to an MPK," the medium quotes.

Extended contact restrictions, exit restrictions and more frequent mask wear are already means that the federal and state governments had agreed to continue with the lockdown until April 18.


now also reports on further measures that would be advised: Nationwide curfews, possibly not only at night, school closings, nationwide, hard lockdown and test obligations in companies.

It is not certain whether and what will come of it.

Corona in Germany: Will the federal government regulate more about the Infection Protection Act in the future?

One thing is clear: If the federal government around Chancellor Merkel decides to regulate corona measures nationwide, for example via the Infection Protection Act - and thus take away the Prime Minister's room for maneuver - it still needs the approval of the states, namely via the Federal Council.

And because very different government coalitions play a role there, it may not be that easy - the Greens, FDP and Left then have a say in addition to CDU / CSU and SPD.

The next prime ministerial conference with Merkel is currently scheduled for April 12th.

However, that date is not set in stone.

The Bundestag has been complaining for months that it wants to have a say.

Discussions also broke out about the format of the federal-state conferences - there may be changes after Easter.

Corona policy: Prime ministers reacted splitly to Merkel's idea

Opinions differed that the federal government might usurp more competencies.

On the one hand, Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said after Merkel's talk show appearance: “I could have imagined that the federal government would have more powers over the Infection Protection Act, which also forces the states to adopt clear rules.

I'm very open to it. ”Thuringia's Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) also called on the federal government to act.

“You can set it in the Infection Protection Act - that's fine with me - the main thing is that it is a uniform framework.” On the other hand, the Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) spoke out against a centralized fight against the pandemic.

"I advise against centralizing the set of rules and tightening the laws."

Erwin Rüddel (CDU), head of the health committee in the Bundestag, is also

skeptical of the

tightening, according to the


: "Without the transfer of more powers by the states, the federal government should withdraw from these decisions." The Greens in the Bundestag have already signaled support for Merkel's hints.

The FDP called for more concrete plans.

SPD parliamentary group leader Rolf Mützenich was


in the

Passauer Neue Presse

about Merkel's statements about the Infection Protection Act: "If the Chancellor now thinks that this law must be strengthened, then I would like her not only to appear at 'Anne Will', but presents concrete, feasible proposals. "

Corona survey shows: majority wants more decision-making freedom for the federal government

A survey carried out shortly before Easter shows that a majority of Germans would like the federal government to have more decision-making freedom in times of crisis.

In a survey carried out by the YouGov opinion research institute on behalf of the German Press Agency, 53 percent of those questioned were in favor of giving the federal government more opportunities to take crisis management measures even without the approval of the federal states.

On the other hand, 36 percent believed that the federal and state governments should continue to make the most important decisions together.

Eleven percent did not provide any information.


List of rubric lists: © Malte Ossowski / imago

Source: merkur

All news articles on 2021-04-06

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