Corona pandemic: Ralph Brinkhaus speaks out in favor of major reform for crisis management


 The  corona pandemic has been going on for a good year. ©

 The  chairman of the Union parliamentary group, Ralph Brinkhaus, is now calling for a fundamental reform of the German state system in view of the ongoing crisis. He doubts that the state structures still fit completely into the digital world of the 21st century, said the CDU politician of the newspaper “Welt am Sonntag”.

“We need a reform of the century – maybe even a revolution.” Brinkhaus named five fields in which comprehensive modernization was required: administration, digitization, federal-state cooperation, the education system and disaster control. After the federal election this year, the reform process must become a key part of the coalition negotiations.

To justify his plea, Brinkhaus referred to the corona crisis. “In times of pandemics it is difficult that the Federal Minister of Health has little control over the local health authorities,” he said.

At the same time, Brinkhaus said: »I don’t want to question federalism at all. Nevertheless, we have to see whether it is still efficient everywhere. “©

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 The  country is not prepared to react quickly, flexibly and uniformly to crises. ©

 The re is almost no emergency legislation for civil crises. ©

 The re are no joint federal, state and local crisis teams that can be activated quickly. “

Brinkhaus does not believe that a step-by-step plan is necessary


 The  Union parliamentary group leader has also spoken out in favor of pragmatic solutions to accelerate the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 in Germany. “We should check whether we can also involve dentists and later also company doctors in a nationwide vaccination,” said the CDU politician of “Welt am Sonntag”. “So we should use all the resources we have to vaccinate people quickly.”

Brinkhaus does not consider it necessary to draw up a step-by-step plan to get out of lockdown step by step. “Paragraph 28a of the Infection Protection Act with incidences of 35 and 50 is basically a step-by-step plan,” he said. Brinkhaus warned against hasty opening steps. ©

 The  deaths in Germany are still too high, plus the virus mutants, which are significantly more contagious. “So we would do well to reach 35 first before we think about openings across the board.”


 The  Prime Minister of the federal states and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) had recently agreed to extend the corona lockdown in principle until March 7th. Should the so-called seven-day incidence – i.e. the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within a week – steadily fall below 35, the restrictions should be gradually relaxed by the federal states – initially for retailers, museums and galleries as well as companies with body-related services.
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