Angela Merkel at Anne Will: The third wave is rolling – what’s next in Germany?

Angela Merkel is under pressure after withdrawing the “Easter rest”. Now the Chancellor is going on the offensive and will answer questions from Anne Will.

Berlin – “Thank you for making it clear that you admit a mistake. I have a lot of respect for it. That is also in the service of a democracy, I say that without any buts. ”The words of the Green parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt on the occasion of the hastily arranged question time with Angela Merkel in the Bundestag stood for a large part of the media and political reactions to the admission of the Chancellor to have got lost together with the heads of state on the question of the planned “Easter rest”.

Corona in Germany: Angela Merkel asks Anne Will questions about the dispute between the countries

With regard to certain parts of parliament, Göring-Eckardt added: “And without any fuss.” But the long-time leader of the opposition party, which was in the high polls, also pointed out the other side of the coin: “Nevertheless, we are in a very difficult situation third wave is rolling and we need a breakwater. ”That is exactly the Chancellor’s dilemma in the corona pandemic. Angela Merkel warns, admonishes and tries to reconcile the needs of the countries. And yet she has to watch over and over again how her draft resolutions are softened and partly thwarted in the video links lasting several hours.

Angela Merkel at Anne Will: “Easter rest” and third wave in focus (archive image)

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The northern federal states, all of which rely on tourism, have emphatically notified Angela Merkel of their desire to relax the corona. Manuela Schwesig (Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, SPD), Daniel Günther (Schleswig-Holstein, CDU) and also Saxony-Anhalt’s Prime Minister Reiner Haseloff (CDU) would like to make their holiday homes and campsites available for “low-contact vacation” To stimulate economies in their countries. And Friedrich Merz, who failed twice in the race for CDU chairmanship, is putting pressure on Armin Laschet, Prime Minister of North Rhine-Westphalia, who should please treat his country “like Mallorca”.

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Corona in Germany: Angela Merkel explains herself to Anne Will (ARD)

For the new CDU party leader, who was only just able to put Merz in the place in the race for the CDU executive chair, an uncomfortable situation. After all, it is he who is campaigning for relaxation in the live broadcasts of the federal-state summit – especially in the care and education system. And from the south, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder is bringing the course of caution to Berlin – the country’s father, who is the Union’s candidate for chancellor, does not like the relaxation of the corona. Angela Merkel sits in the middle of all the fronts that run across all party lines.

Angela Merkel visits Anne Will

Broadcast date: Sunday, March 28, 2021, 9.45 p.m. (ARD)

After her apology, which was widely publicized and connected with the withdrawal of the “Easter rest”, the Chancellor is now on the offensive. A press statement broadcast live on March 24th was followed by Question Time in the Bundestag, only one day later Angela Merkel walked to the lectern in the Bundestag to make a government statement. But that’s not all. On Sunday, Angela Merkel, knowing full well that Bundestag debates generate far less quota than political talk shows in the evening program, answered questions from talk show host Anne Will on ARD.

Angela Merkel at Anne Will (ARD): What can be done against the third corona wave?

In the run-up to the widely anticipated appearance, political Berlin speculates about the strategy of the Chancellor. Will Angela Merkel again humbly admit mistakes with Anne Will and ask for understanding in the living rooms of the population? Or will it switch to attack and take the heads of state with them to responsibility? Either way, Angela Merkel agrees with Katrin Göring-Eckardt that a strategy is needed to contain the third corona wave in Germany. So the breakwater. (Mirko Schmid)

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