Who did Merkel mean? This is how the countries react to Merkel’s criticism
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The Federal Chancellor criticized the federal states’ plans to ease the Corona crisis as “very researched in parts, if not to say researched”. But officially hardly anyone feels addressed.
NAfter the criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) about the research of some federal states in loosening corona, some prime ministers feel explicitly not addressed. Mecklenburg-West Pomerania’s Prime Minister Manuela Schwesig (SPD) said this to “Bild live”. “We are the country in Germany with the fewest infections and are now gradually opening the door again.” Therefore, the Chancellor with Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania “has no need”.
Merkel had said in her first government statement on the Corona crisis in the Bundestag on Thursday that the implementation of the opening decisions was “partly very brisk, if not to say brisk”. The Chancellor did not say which countries she meant.
Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg also do not feel addressed by Merkel’s criticism. They are the cautious in Germany, said Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) on Thursday before a meeting with his counterpart Winfried Kretschmann (Greens) in Ulm. In the two federal states, the process is “somewhat more prudent” than in some other countries.
Kretschmann said of the slowdown in the spread of the coronavirus in Germany, “it is not time now to deceive ourselves to be deceptive security just because it has gotten better – if we become careless now, the pandemic can come back with full force “.
The head of government of Baden-Wuerttemberg said this expressly also with regard to demands from the economy for easing the measures.
The Rhineland-Palatinate head of government sees things similarly for themselves and their federal state. There is “no reason to point to Rhineland-Palatinate,” said Malu Dreyer (SPD) on Thursday on the ZDF program “Maybrit Illner”. “We are actually implementing the resolutions that we discussed together.” These resolutions would also be taken into account when reopening an outlet center in Zweibrücken, Dreyer said.
Merkel announced on Thursday evening that she and the prime ministers will probably not decide on further steps until May 6. The switch conference already announced on April 30 will also be held, but other issues will be dealt with there.
Merkel justified this by saying that shops only reopened in the first countries last Monday, in other countries this would not be the case until next Monday. The effects can only be estimated in 14 days. “That means we can talk about these questions on May 6th.”