Chancellor Merkel has defended her about-face on the Easter truce. She admitted on ARD television that the measures had not been as well planned as they should have been. Nevertheless, she did not want to ask for a vote of confidence.
Just one day after the federal-state decision on an Easter truce, Chancellor Angela Merkel has withdrawn the measures. In ARD’s “Brennpunkt”, the CDU politician explained her decision and explained the idea behind the measure and why she will not ask for a vote of confidence.
“We considered whether the Easter holidays could be used to bring even more calm and less mobility into the country,” Merkel said. But the chancellor also acknowledged mistakes in the preparation. “Unfortunately, we did not plan as much as we perhaps should have,” the chancellor said. The measure could not have been realized at all “in the short time available and perhaps also because of the complexity,” Merkel said. That is why she had withdrawn the decision.
“The chancellor vehemently denied the accusation that she was losing her grip on crisis management. She believes that progress has been made in the pandemic, but that there have also been setbacks. “And if you make a mistake once in such a tense and also difficult time, then you don’t have to keep making this mistake on principle, but you have to say, I’m stopping this,” Merkel said.
It was “always better to turn back at this point, and I personally stand by that,” she said.
” Merkel rejected the opposition’s demand to call for a vote of confidence in the Bundestag. “No, I will not do that,” she said. This was not necessary. She asked for forgiveness today for the proposal that has now been withdrawn, she said. “This is, I believe, the right thing to do. I otherwise have the support of the entire federal government and to that extent also of parliament,” the chancellor stressed.Germany is currently in the third wave of the pandemic, she said. “It is much more important that we now get a grip on the third wave. It is complicated. The virus is more aggressive. It’s more infectious and it’s more deadly,” the chancellor said, stressing that the experts must also be followed. “The only people who were satisfied yesterday with our decisions on Easter were the intensive care doctors.”
Merkel raises hopes for more vaccine
In addition, Merkel stressed that vaccinations are now even more important. “There should basically be no appointment in the country that is not taken when you have the vaccine dose. And that’s going to be even more relevant now, which is why we’ve also said the primary care physicians have to get involved in vaccinating, and then later the occupational physicians as well.” Merkel pointed out that more vaccines would be available in the future. By April, she said, up to 15 million vaccine doses would be received. That is significantly more than in previous months, she said.
The chancellor also defended the minister presidents’ conferences against criticism from the opposition. She said these meetings with the 16 state leaders are important because the Infection Protection Act stipulates that the states are responsible for the Corona measures. “In order for Germany not to be a complete patchwork, it does make sense to agree on certain commonalities,” she said. “But the prerequisite, of course, is that we also have the same common understanding of the pandemic,” Merkel added.