Monday 30th November 2020
At the top of the CDU, there has been heavy criticism from Hesse’s Prime Minister Volker Bouffier of demands from Union faction leader Ralph Brinkhaus for more Corona aid from the federal states. Bouffier said in the online meeting of the CDU presidium after information from several participants about Brinkhaus: “I urge you to moderate yourself in the future.” Bouffier was also quoted as saying, “I was met personally.”
According to further information from participants, the Brinkhaus demands on the federal states had already been discussed in the meeting before Bouffier’s statements. First of all, the group leader then made a statement. Bouffier later rejected Brinkhaus’ criticism and pointed out that the countries were bearing the costs in the corona crisis, for example in the hospital and school sector. Following the Bouffier statement, Brinkhaus was also defended in the round, according to participants. It is the task of the parliamentary group leader to also address things that did not go well with Corona aid.
Brinkhaus defended his demand on Sunday in the ARD program “Report from Berlin” that the federal states should pay more for corona aid in the future. “Of course, the federal states have also borne the burden, but that is out of balance. And when it comes to the continued payment of aid, in January and into February, then we expect the federal states to contribute to this aid.”
The federal government takes on high burdens in the social area, in hospital financing and in many other areas. “And we are now relying on the solidarity of the countries, and I am also optimistic that we will achieve something together.” Brinkhaus had already made a similar statement in the Bundestag on Thursday. Criticism of the statements of the parliamentary group leader also comes from Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt and Thuringia as well as other countries.