Guest chats about the vaccination application from Scholz and Lauterbach from the sewing box

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Sandra Maischberger discusses how to deal with the Ukraine conflict and the obligation to vaccinate. There is criticism of Lauterbach, but also of the recovered status in the Bundestag.

Berlin – “That was not a good decision”: Bundestag Vice President Katrin Göring-Eckardt makes the ARD talk “maischberger. die woche” makes no secret of the fact that she does not find the special regulation in the Bundestag, as far as the convalescent status is concerned*, correct. There, despite the general reduction in status from six to three months, the longer period still applies in some cases. That had caused nationwide outrage in the past few days – and I understood the Green politician well. “And that’s why it’s being changed. I am quite sure of that.”

From the group of experts, there are generally harsh words in the program for the current course of the Ministry of Health around the shortened convalescent status. With his “rushing forward” Karl Lauterbach* “tricked” the prime ministers’ round, criticized the deputy editor-in-chief of the World, Robin Alexander, causing “collateral damage”. Alexander warns: “He can’t do that again.” Also Spiegel-Colleague Melanie Amann thinks that for someone who has been so communicative on the talk shows so far, the action was “amazingly clumsy and confusing”.

“maischberger. the week” – these guests discussed with:

  • Katrin Goering-Eckardt (Greens*) – Vice-President of the Bundestag
  • Dietmar Bartsch (left*) – Group leader
  • Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann (FDP *) – MP and Chair of the Defense Committee
  • Hubert Seipel – Documentary filmmaker, author of “Putin’s power. Why Europe needs Russia” (Hoffmann & Campe)

As experts:

  • Caren Miosga – Presenter of daily topics
  • Melanie Amann – Head of the Capital Office from Spiegel
  • Robin Alexander – Deputy Editor-in-Chief world

The contradictions to the introduction of compulsory vaccination can also be found in the debate between Göring-Eckardt and Left parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch, who stepped in at short notice for party colleague Sahra Wagenknecht, who was suffering from Covid-19, cannot be dissolved. Unlike Wagenknecht, who has been completely vaccinated to date, Bartsch makes it clear that he is very much in favor of vaccination, has been vaccinated three times since last year, but would agree with his party colleague on the question of compulsory vaccination and announced abstention in the vote in the Bundestag . Bartsch warns against the assumption that compulsory vaccination would solve the current problems. On the contrary, he predicts an increase in “social radicalization”.

Journalist Alexander believes that Chancellor Olaf Scholz* is responsible for why no application for compulsory vaccination has been received from the federal government so far. Lauterbach wanted an application, but Scholz said: “Put it away again!”, Alexander chats from the sewing box. For this reason, too, he is skeptical about enforcing compulsory vaccination. The debate revealed how diffuse the situation is at the moment and doubts whether a majority can last before the Federal Constitutional Court. In addition, the handling of the missing vaccination register has not been clarified.

Göring-Eckardt is certain: compulsory vaccination means the end of the corona measures

Göring-Eckardt contradicts Bartsch on all points. The obligation to vaccinate everyone over the age of 18 brings “clarity” and thus also “pacification”. The Greens: “That’s how it is then!” This would ensure that the measures would come to an end in the future. Göring-Eckardt leans quite far out of the window when she promises: “What we know pretty well is that three vaccinations also work against new mutations,” so three vaccinations would be sufficient to fulfill the vaccination requirement. Bartsch is skeptical whether his “three vaccinations” will “help next fall”. Göring-Eckardt then quickly adds that this is the state of affairs “at the present time”.

As an alternative, Bartsch suggests that more vaccinations should be promoted and refers to the Hanseatic city of Bremen, which has achieved a sufficient vaccination rate even without compulsory vaccination. In this regard, Sandra Maischberger* shows the federal government’s new vaccination campaign, which advertises against a blue-neon-green background with the slogan: “Vaccination helps. Also everyone you love”. Alexander made everyone laugh when he commented on the campaign with a quote from US country star Dolly Parton: “It cost a lot of money to look so cheap.” The campaign cost 60 million euros, adds Maischberger.

FDP defense spokeswoman Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann: “The situation is serious”

There are also very different opinions regarding the foreign policy conflict with Russia. Journalist and Putin biographer Hubert Seipel, who calls the militarization on the Russian border with Ukraine a “staging” by Putin and the crisis “hysteria”, reaped a great deal of incomprehension from the chair of the Defense Committee, Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann: “The situation is seriously,” said the FDP MP, attesting to Seipel’s “naivety” and downplaying the situation.

The population of the Balkan states is now also in fear and even previously neutral countries such as Finland and Sweden are considering joining NATO in view of current developments. Strack-Zimmermann also sharply criticizes the statements made by Admiral Schönbach, who has since resigned, who defended Putin and described Crimea as lost*: “He clearly did not accept international law, because Crimea was annexed in 2014 and that is a breach of international law.”

The FDP defense expert attests to Putin’s “traumas” caused by the collapse of the Soviet Union and the entry of many former Warsaw Pact states into NATO. Seipel points out the much greater strength of the “largest military alliance in the world” compared to Russia and finds that the world has surrounded Russia. Strack-Zimmermann does not question that the situation could end with a compromise at the negotiating table: “We can only hope that we will continue to talk to each other.” She points out that a compromise is necessary: ​​”Putin is a power politician. He’s not going home unless he achieves something territorial.”

Conclusion of the “maischberger. the week” talks

Anyone hoping for more clarity on compulsory vaccination will be disappointed. With Maischberger, the “on the one hand/on the other hand” debate leaves more question marks than exclamation marks. The cost of the federal government’s unconvincing vaccination campaign caused great outrage on Twitter on the part of the broadcaster, but also the fact that jokes were made on TV – given the massive amount of tax money used for it. (Verena Schulemann) * is an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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