Epidemic emergency: Greens disagree – despite the traffic light decision

Status: 11/13/2021 9:07 a.m.

When it comes to the question of whether the epidemic emergency should come to an end, the Greens do not all agree: three state ministers have now called for the extension – contrary to the course of the traffic light parties.

The three Green Health Ministers of Hesse, Brandenburg and Baden-Württemberg jointly call for the epidemic situation to be extended on a national level. You are opposing the plans of the possible future traffic light government, which the Greens are also negotiating.

“In view of the current infection dynamics and the burden on hospitals, which in some regions are already on the verge of absolute overload, the epidemic situation of national scope should be prolonged,” says a statement by Kai Klose (Hesse), Ursula Nonnemacher (Brandenburg ) and Manne Lucha (Baden-Württemberg), which is available to the dpa news agency. “This ensures that all the measures required by the experts can be implemented.”

If there is no majority in the Bundestag for this, “we countries need legal possibilities in order to be able to adopt further measures in an emergency”, the statement goes on to say. This can be ensured in different ways: by the previous instrument of the country opening clause or by clarifying that the measures listed by the traffic light are not exhaustive. “To exclude possibly necessary instruments does not do justice to the situation”, it says in the paper of the three state ministers.

Union parliamentary group wants to register application for extension

According to a media report, the Union parliamentary group also wants to advocate an extension of the epidemic situation. As the “Rheinische Post” reported, a corresponding application is to be registered for next Thursday for discussion and voting in the Bundestag. According to the will of the parliamentary group, the Bundestag should determine the special situation beyond November 25, the newspaper wrote, citing the paper available to it.

Parliamentary group vice-chairman Thorsten Frei told the newspaper that a “sustainable, legal instrument” was now necessary, especially for the federal states. “The traffic light parties are now canceling this out without providing adequate replacement.” In this dramatic situation, action must be taken. Regarding the chances of success of the motion in the Bundestag, he said: “We are an opposition faction and do not have a majority in parliament. But we are making the right motion and using the strength of the arguments to advertise.”

The epidemic situation identified by the Bundestag serves as the legal basis for comprehensive measures. Despite the increasing number of infections, it should expire on November 25, according to the plans of the future traffic light coalition. The SPD, Greens and FDP want to replace this legal basis for corona restrictions in the countries with a new regulation that includes a smaller catalog of measures.

Seehofer criticizes Spahn

The incumbent Health Minister Jens Spahn originally spoke out in favor of no longer prolonging the epidemic situation. Interior Minister Horst Seehofer now criticized: “The Federal Minister of Health’s worst mistake was to bring the end of the epidemic situation into play. Even if he didn’t mean it – it depends on how it matters.”

With a view to the federal-state meeting next Thursday, Seehofer said: “I very much hope that there will be a nationwide regulation next week. We must no longer confuse the population.” Nobody could understand the whole thing anymore. “Vaccination centers open, vaccination centers closed – continued payment of wages in quarantine yes, then no again – test free of charge, test subject to charge. Yes, did anyone seriously believe that someone would be tested on their own account if they did not receive wages afterwards in quarantine? “

Braun is annoyed by Scholz’s “delaying tactics”

Chancellery Minister Helge Braun denounced the SPD’s approach to finding a date for a federal-state meeting. “I am madly annoyed about the delaying tactics of Olaf Scholz and the SPD-led states. Their hesitation in calling a federal-state meeting has meant that we now come together very late,” said the CDU politician, who is around promotes the party chairmanship of “Welt am Sonntag”. “Now we have to talk again about hospital financing and flat-rate fees. It annoys me that planned operations have to be canceled again. That shouldn’t have been.”

After long discussions and resistance from some Prime Ministers, the chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference, the North Rhine-Westphalian Hendrik Wüst, has invited to a federal-state meeting for next Thursday.


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