Which politician is better off

The Chancellor is becoming increasingly isolated : Merkel's no-Covid strategy is buried

If that's not a bitter and shameful realization. The number of deaths in old people's and nursing homes is falling drastically as a result of vaccinations - what could have been achieved if more and earlier vaccinations had been made in the corona pandemic? Significantly fewer deaths!

The 28 Johanniter homes in North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate, for example, have almost no corona deaths among their 2,400 residents. The fact that it did not turn out so positively nationwide can also be called a disaster.

Incidentally, one who pointed out this responsibility early on was Union parliamentary group leader Ralph Brinkhaus. Who responded to it?

Now all regrets come very late. Everyone, everyone, can see that the UK has done better with the vaccinations. Without the EU. Nobody forgets that easily, it has an effect. And thus has something historical.

The EU urgently needs to prove itself anew. Ahead Germany as a power of orientation in Europe. Especially since Germany is once again overregulated in the procurement and distribution of the vaccine. Just like with the rapid tests, which are now widely seen as part of the healing process for society as a whole.

At first glance, it seems all the more incomprehensible that Chancellor Angela Merkel allowed Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn to appear and thus delayed the introduction of rapid tests. In a way that Tübingen's Green Mayor Boris Palmer, on behalf of many politicians in charge, recently lost patience.

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Sue me, was Palmer's provocative message to Merkel and her followers that he was not waiting for the “permit for nosepoples”. The tests are approved in Europe.

At second glance, Merkel's actions can be explained as follows: Actually, the Chancellor does not want to open, so is only reluctantly moving away from her 35, with which she wanted to force the Prime Minister to extend the lockdown. But they are turning away from Merkel's previously strict lockdown course. She is isolated. Merkel threatens to lose momentum.

Volker Bouffier, Hesse's Prime Minister and a kind of moderator in the sense of the CDU, already says: We cannot go on like this. Incidence values ​​do not alone decide. Openings are needed. Literally: people are fed up. Until May, that won't work.

Malu Dreyer from the SPD, the Rhineland-Palatinate head of government, has a similar view. And even Lothar Wieler from the RKI says: We cannot extinguish Corona. Means: The no-Covid strategy is buried.

The prime ministers also want to include factors other than incidence for relaxation: the infection rate among the elderly, the R-value, the occupancy of intensive care beds.

Markus Söder, who wants to set the tone in Bavaria and beyond, will probably argue and act similarly next week at the latest. Especially since Germany's top hospital boss has just said that there is currently no risk of overloading more and less severe courses.

The change of course is also evident in Europe

Merkel's change of course away from No Covid may come too late: At the EU summit, she said that it should be checked “whether we can work out a buffer through more testing with these self-tests, so that we can go a little higher in the incidence than 35 ".

The change of course is also evident in Europe. And amazing: not Germany, not France - the thirty-year-old Austrian Sebastian Kurz is leading the way again. Kurz was the first in Europe to close, today he says we will no longer hold it. We have to do it differently, people don't stick to it anymore.

Yes, and meanwhile the British are booking their vacations, while the Austrians are skiing. The Germans, on the other hand, are not even allowed to drive into a holiday apartment in the Harz Mountains and have to wear a mask when jogging.

No wonder the majority want easing. Because, as Malu Dreyer says in the Tagesspiegel: “People are totally stressed. It is not good for the acceptance of rules if a majority regards them as completely impractical and nonsensical. ”What, on the other hand, is practical and beneficial? Everyone knows it, in all governments: vaccination. Vaccinate. Vaccinate. It's never too late for that.

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