Et was at the second TV triad by Armin Laschet, Olaf Scholz and Annalena Baerbock when the Green Chancellor candidate made an astonishing proposal. The corona situation was already tense at the time, but it was nowhere near as dramatic as it is today, when the incidence is above 200 and the intensive care units in some places are already full with Covid patients.
So Baerbock said that if you get into a situation in nursing and clinics that not enough people have been vaccinated, the question of mandatory vaccination for individual professional groups must also be addressed. That was quite a hammer. Because the Chancellor candidates had so far avoided the subject of mandatory vaccinations, they had already committed too much for months: No matter what other countries may do, there will be no mandatory vaccination in Germany.
That is why no one really accepted Baerbock’s suggestion. The candidate herself did not pick him up either. At best, he allowed a glimpse inside her – what she would actually want, but which is not politically opportune.
A few weeks have now passed, the Greens are negotiating with the FDP and SPD about a traffic light government, and a catastrophic Corona winter threatens. If you could still accept the Baerbock’s failed advance from the Triell, out of consideration for the election campaign, nobody is addressing the hot topic of mandatory vaccination, we had to find out after the election: No, nobody dares to do it after the election either.
Politics, one sometimes has the feeling, has barely made any progress. We are again discussing the same questions as we were a year ago: How can we better protect the elderly in particular? Is it necessary to test in homes? Even though we now have an effective vaccine. The perplexity of politics becomes most evident in the example of the citizen tests. The free offer was canceled a month ago in the hope of increasing pressure to get vaccinated. Unfortunately, it didn’t really work. And the lack of tests is now becoming a risk, given some vaccination breakthroughs. So politicians are laboriously discussing the reintroduction of the free tests that are likely to come now. Couldn’t you have saved yourself that?
Corona played an astonishingly small role in the federal election campaign. This was due to the simple fact that the election campaign took place in the summer and the number of infections was quite low. And now that we are in an intermediate stage between the executive government and a new government not yet elected, the numbers are rising rapidly. In Corona times, autumn is not a good time to negotiate a new government. Corona does not wait until the traffic light parties are in agreement.
They basically see it that way and therefore wanted to demonstrate their ability to act. You have now submitted the draft for a corona law. This became necessary because the corona emergency expires at the end of the month, which previously provided the legal basis for the restrictions in the federal and state levels. The first impetus was provided by Jens Spahn, who is still managing Federal Minister of Health from the CDU. He suggested not prolonging the plight. But what then? He left that to the traffic light parties. Not only with Corona, but also there, the FDP makes a name for itself, although it is the smallest of the negotiating partners. At many points in the pandemic, the FDP made it clear that it would want to take a different path than Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was part of the caution team. Now the FDP can enforce this in some places. Marco Buschmann, the FDP parliamentary group leader, even called on Merkel to be cautious about Corona.