After the last cabinet meeting before the summer recess, they tried to demonstrate unity.
But the dispute between Markus Söder and his Vice Aiwanger is not over - on the contrary.
Nuremberg - The dispute between Bavaria's Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) and his Vice Hubert Aiwanger (Free Voters) over corona vaccinations is intensifying.
Söder renewed his criticism of Aiwanger's vaccination argument on Sunday in the ZDF summer interview - who then countered sharply, accused the CSU chairman of a deliberate false assertion and spoke of "insolence".
Söder said of Aiwanger's demonstrative doubts about corona vaccinations: “My concern is that he will maneuver himself into a corner that he cannot get out of himself.” He is “a bit” concerned about Aiwanger, who is also Minister of Economics in Söder's cabinet is.
Söder emphasized that it was not about the question of whether Aiwanger wanted to be vaccinated or not, everyone was free to do so.
But the sound and the speech behind it are problematic: when Aiwanger speaks, for example, of side effects that "leave him spit", or when he says, for example, that it has not been proven whether the vaccines are effective.
"You have to be careful," said Söder.
"Deliberate false assertion"
Aiwanger said of the German Press Agency: “It is a deliberate false claim that I said that it was not proven whether vaccines work.
On the contrary, I said that vaccination is an important component in the fight against Corona, but it must remain voluntary. "
In addition, Söder said Aiwanger used the same choice of words as AfD top candidate Alice Weidel.
He warned Aiwanger, who is also the lead candidate of the Free Voters for the federal election on September 26th, to fish “on some edge” for votes.
“This is a total fallacy.
In the end, people choose real “lateral thinkers”. ”But if Aiwanger goes near them, he has to be careful not to be identified as such.
"And then it really becomes difficult."
Aiwanger said: "It is outrageous to want to label myself as a" lateral thinker "because I am against the compulsory vaccination and demand more sensitivity when it comes to vaccinating under 12-year-olds, which Stiko has not yet recommended."
However, Söder pointed out that Aiwanger had so far supported every decision on the anti-corona measures in the Bavarian cabinet.
He therefore sees no reason to dismiss Aiwanger from the cabinet.
In addition, he has the feeling that the Free Voters themselves are “very unhappy about his statements”.
He now wants to give the party time to reflect on the situation to a certain extent.
The reaction of the economy, which has clearly opposed Aiwanger, is also remarkable.