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Lambrecht's New Year's embarrassment: Chancellor Scholz strengthens Minister's back

2023-01-05T04:07:18.064Z


Lambrecht's New Year's embarrassment: Chancellor Scholz strengthens Minister's back Created: 01/05/2023 04:49 am By: Markus Hofstetter Christine Lambrecht received a lot of criticism for her unprofessionally made video in the New Year's Eve fireworks. The Chancellor continues to hold on to her. Update from January 4, 9:06 p.m .: Olaf Scholz does not seem to be aiming for a change, as required


Lambrecht's New Year's embarrassment: Chancellor Scholz strengthens Minister's back

Created: 01/05/2023 04:49 am

By: Markus Hofstetter

Christine Lambrecht received a lot of criticism for her unprofessionally made video in the New Year's Eve fireworks.

The Chancellor continues to hold on to her.

Update from January 4, 9:06 p.m .:

Olaf Scholz does not seem to be aiming for a change, as required by the Union, after his Defense Minister criticized the New Year’s greeting.

He expressed his trust in Christine Lambrecht through Deputy Government Spokesman Wolfgang Büchner.

When asked in Berlin on Wednesday whether Lambrecht continued to enjoy the Chancellor's trust, Büchner replied: "Yes, of course." Minister.”

When asked, Büchner made it clear that the chancellor was also sticking to his statement from December that he considered Lambrecht to be a "first-class defense minister".

"That hasn't changed," the spokesman said.

Chancellor Scholz supports Defense Minister Lambrecht after her much-criticized New Year's Eve video (archive image, October 2022).

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Update from January 3, 5:15 p.m .:

After the Defense Minister’s New Year’s greeting, the Union continues to strictly call for her resignation.

"How long does the Chancellor actually want to look at this?" Asked CDU leader Friedrich Merz in an interview with the Münchner Merkur.

The SPD politician is "embarrassing," says von Söder and Merz.

New Year's greeting from Defense Minister Lambrecht: Ministry does not want to process video

Update from January 3, 9.30 a.m .:

Defense Minister Lambrecht caused criticism with her New Year’s video.

However, your own ministry currently sees no reason to work through the matter.

Spokesman Arne Collatz made it clear at the federal press conference: "It is a private post.

There's nothing to work on." No ministry resources were used either, the spokesman said.

The opposition has been suggesting that Chancellor Olaf Scholz should dismiss Lambrecht since the video was published.

The defense minister was no longer tenable, said Union parliamentary group vice-president Johann Wadephul on Tuesday in the ARD morning magazine.

She no longer has any support and is “in the wrong place”.

The federal government has not yet commented on the video.

New Year's video by Defense Minister Lambrecht: the federal government does not want to comment

Update from January 2, 12:55 p.m .:

The federal government does not want to comment on the controversial annual balance sheet taken by Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht in the midst of the Berlin New Year’s Eve fireworks.

"I see no reason to evaluate this here," said deputy government spokeswoman Christiane Hoffmann on Monday in Berlin.

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A Defense Department spokesman said the video was privately recorded and did not use Department resources.

When asked if filming was an appropriate way to welcome the New Year given the war in Ukraine, he said: "The Minister's words in the video speak for themselves.

It is not for me to comment on that.”

New Year's video from Defense Minister Lambrecht: Hard to understand thank you with blowing hair

First report from January 2nd:

Berlin – Christine Lambrecht (SPD) did not have much reason to be happy last year.

Criticism rained down on the Minister of Defense from all sides.

The modernization of the Bundeswehr is not progressing, the troops are stuck in an ammunition crisis and the Puma infantry fighting vehicles are a cause for great concern.

In general, she is considered overwhelmed in her office, and calls for her resignation flare up again and again.

The turn of the year is considered a good opportunity to leave the criticism behind.

But for Christine Lambrecht, the new year begins the way the old one went – ​​the minister failed to start again.

A New Year's message she spread on Instagram ensures that the criticism is loud again in the first days of 2023.

In the video, Lambrecht thanks the soldiers of the Bundeswehr.

However, it is difficult to understand because of the background noise of rockets being launched and firecrackers exploding.

“The year 2022 presented us with incredible challenges.

A war is raging in the middle of Europe,” says Lambrecht, while the wind ruffles her hair.

Many impressions and encounters with interesting and great people are connected with it.

You celebrate the turn of the year with family and friends.

"I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all those who cannot do this because they are on duty for us, as soldiers or police officers, in the hospital or in other areas," said the minister at the end.

Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht (SPD) received a lot of criticism with a New Year's video © Instagram

Reactions to Defense Minister Lambrecht's New Year's video: "Woman lacks a sense of office"

The video, which doesn't look particularly professional, causes a lot of ridicule on social media, which is especially gratefully received by CDU politicians.

Ex-Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet took up an English-language criticism on Twitter ("Have they lost their mind in Berlin?") and asked: "Does the Chancellor actually give a damn about Germany's impact in Europe and the world?".

"This woman lacks any sense and dignity for her office," writes Paul Schäfer, spokesman for the CDU Saxony, on Twitter.

With the thunder of the New Year's rockets in the background, she tells something about the war in Europe and the great encounters she had in 2022.

Matthias Hauer, CDU member of the Bundestag from Essen, asked on Twitter whether the soldiers felt that the Federal Minister's speech was a worthy representation.

"Even worse than the speech, however, is the performance of the minister in 2022 - at least for 2023 there is still a lot of room for improvement."

Reactions to the Defense Minister's New Year's video: Scholz's expulsion from Lambrecht suggested

The CDU defense politician Serap Güler suggested Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) to dismiss Lambrecht.

Referring to the Ukraine war, she wrote on Twitter: "The speech about the war with New Year's Eve firecrackers in the background only adds to her series of embarrassments.

Therefore: Every additional minute in which the Federal Chancellor still holds on to this minister and thus further damages the reputation of our country goes to his account.”

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New Year's video by Defense Minister Lambrecht: No reaction from the traffic light parties

It is no longer about the external impact of a minister, but about Germany's perception in Europe and the world.

"Who should take us so seriously?" Güler wrote on Monday morning.

So far there has been little support for the minister from the traffic light side on Twitter.

Politicians from the SPD, FDP and Greens are keeping a low profile.

Source: merkur

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