Armin Laschet founds “Corona Expert Council”
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A twelve-member committee with high-ranking members is to advise the Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia on how to deal with the Corona crisis. “Criteria and standards for opening social and public life” are to be developed.
NPrime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) of North Rhine-Westphalia founded a “Corona Expert Council” according to WELT information, which is to advise him on how to deal with the crisis. “Today we have to start using transparent procedures to develop criteria and standards for opening up social and public life,” says Laschet, among other things, in an invitation to the members who are to meet for the first time this week via video conference. The twelve-member body is reported to include:
Udo di Fabio, Professor of Public Law at the University of Bonn and former long-time judge at the Federal Constitutional Court,
Stephan Grünewald, Graduate psychologist and founder of the market and media research institute “rheingold”,
Otfried Höffe, emeritus philosophy professor at the Eberhard Karls University Tübingen,
Michael Hüther, Director of the Institute of German Economy in Cologne,
Monika Kleine, Managing Director of the Catholic Women’s Social Service in Cologne,
Renate Quiver, Managing Director of the Allensbach Institute for Demoscopy,
Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, Chief Executive Officer at the machine builder Trumpf,
Armin Nassehi, Professor of General Sociology and Social Theory at the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich,
Claudia Nemat, Board member Deutsche Telekom AG,
Christoph Schmidt, President of the RWI Leibniz Institute for economic research,
Hendrik Streeck, Director of the Institute of Virology at the University Hospital Bonn,
Christiane Woopen, Medical doctor and chair of the European Ethics Counciladvising the European Commission.
“Most difficult test in our history”
Laschet emphasized in the invitation to the members: “Our country is facing the most difficult test in our history”. In the past few weeks, politicians and administrators have “taken numerous, sometimes massive measures to slow the spread of the corona virus”. It was right to “be determined to fight the virus, because the pictures from Italy, Spain or New York show immense tragedies. They make us painfully aware: These days it is a matter of life and death, ”said the Prime Minister.
Nonetheless, the CDU federal vice and candidate for party chairmanship are concerned that basic rights, such as freedom of assembly, freedom to exercise a profession, freedom of movement, freedom of trade and freedom of religion, must be curtailed for the “ban on contact” imposed in coordination with the federal and state governments. In a contribution to WELT AM SONNTAG, Laschet had spoken out in favor of developing an exit strategy for the time after Corona.
This shows Laschet as a thoughtful politician who accepts the need for drastic measures, but takes a differentiated and critical view of them. “However, no crisis justifies not rethinking and weighing up the pros and cons in advance of such massive interventions. Our constitution applies even in the worst crisis. The rule of law and democracy always apply, ”emphasized Laschet in the name contribution.
Not the quickest decision, but the best, “but the one that is effective and at the same time conforms to the constitutional principle of proportionality”. Laschet clearly sets himself apart from Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), who was most recently pretended to take measures and verbally tough. Politicians are well advised not to “fall into the intoxication of the state of emergency and the energy, but also to keep the executive level and moderate at this hour,” emphasizes Laschet. The Christian Democrat also complains that the talk of lack of alternatives does not do justice to the complexity of the challenge: “There are always alternatives – and there are ethical dilemmas. Every decision has consequences – for each individual and for our community as a whole ”.