Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow demands that the format of the Corona summit be fundamentally changed by the federal and state governments. Compulsory attendance and better preparation should help.
Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) urges changes in the Bund-Länder round on anti-corona measures. In an interview with the “Welt” (Saturday edition), Ramelow made the following demands: “First: Compulsory attendance – everyone comes to the Chancellery. Second: The conference must be prepared in such a way that the conference only deals with two or three legally verified alternatives. ”
The Thuringian head of government complained that he was currently reading the drafts from the Chancellery and the SPD countries first in the media before receiving them himself. More information is usually not available to him. “That is dangerous because we simply cannot consult with our experts – and then they cannot say: Stop, you haven’t thought that through,” Ramelow told the “Welt”.
The reason for the Easter break debacle
Ramelow attributed the debacle to the Easter rest period, which was canceled shortly after her announcement, to the fact that the legal questions related to this could not have been clarified during the nightly deliberations of Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and the country leaders. “We cannot repeat such conferences in this form,” said the left-wing politician in the “Spiegel top talk”.
Ramelow told “Spiegel” that he only found out about the “Easter rest” at the conference late one night. Before that, there had been “not even a hint”, although there had “obviously been negotiations for hours”.
Ramelow regrets the canceled Easter rest
Ramelow regrets that the Easter rest was not feasible. The measure “should have interrupted the over-dynamic increase in infections,” he told the “Spiegel”. Nothing has changed about this increase so far. From Ramelow’s point of view, Merkel and the state heads of government would have had to interrupt their negotiations and cleanly prepare and legally process the Easter rest the next day.
Merkel and the country leaders had agreed on Wednesday morning in a short-term video link that they would withdraw the decision to rest on Easter in the corona pandemic, which was only made on Tuesday night. The heads of the federal and state governments apparently underestimated the legal hurdles when making the decision. Merkel declared on Wednesday that this was “solely” her mistake, and she asked the citizens for “pardon” for the “additional uncertainty”.
Despite all the problems in the corona policy, Ramelow thinks that Germany is in “good” position with regard to the pandemic. The country does not even have a medical emergency situation like the Czech Republic, for example, he told “Spiegel”.