Corona and Spahn’s candidacy for chancellor

What do you need to become chancellor? If you take the 15 years under Angela Merkel as a yardstick, then it occasionally helps to hover over things and to remain approximate. Your potential successor, Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU), is still in the process of empathizing with this role. In the Bundestag, he sells the bumpy vaccination start in Germany in statesmanlike manner as a European success – but with far-reaching commitments he likes to leave a back door open.

It was the same with the latest edition of “Maischberger: die Woche”. The moderator wants to know whether the promise of vaccinations will still apply to everyone in the summer. Yes, says Spahn, but only “as of today” because the approval for the vaccines from Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson is still pending. “As of today” was also the formulation on Deutschlandfunk, with which Spahn half-heartedly ruled out his candidacy for chancellor. Traumatized Eintracht Frankfurt fans will be reminded of Coach Niko Kovac’s “Stand now” before he switched to FC Bayern.

But there is one thing that Spahn is clear about. “I gave my word in the Bundestag: In this pandemic there will be no compulsory vaccination.” He is a great fan of debates, but doubts that “acceptance will grow if we resort to such a means.” against the demand of CSU boss Markus Söder, who can show similar popularity ratings as Spahn and could become his fiercest competitor for the Union’s candidacy for chancellor in the next few months.

Risks and side effects disappear in the small print

And Armin Laschet, Friedrich Merz and Norbert Röttgen? Nobody trusts the three candidates for the CDU party chairmanship as a chancellor, not even Maischberger’s guests. “None of the three really convince me,” says cabaret artist Urban Priol, whereby Merz is “a lot of fun from a cabaret point of view”, “preferably with Christian Lindner”. With Röttgen as CDU leader, Priol would probably not have had this fun, as the former Federal Environment Minister has expressed clear reservations about a coalition with the FDP. The deputy “Welt” editor-in-chief Robin Alexander considers this approach to be a “huge mistake”, even if Röttgen gets “applause from left-wing cabaret” for it.

But away from party political skirmishes and towards the big questions. Did the EU and Germany not order enough vaccine? Did you order from the wrong manufacturers? Why are the UK, Israel and Bahrain vaccinating faster than Germany? And who is responsible for the chaos? Melanie Amann, head of the “Spiegel” capital office, takes Spahn to duty. As Minister of Health, he was politically responsible: “If something goes wrong at Deutsche Bahn, I also complain to the conductor.”

She compares Spahn with “changing drug advertising”, you have to read the small print first for risks and side effects. He understands full-bodied promises, but remains vague about the details, such as the question of how the two billion for the EU should be distributed among the member states. Amann receives support from his journalist colleague Alexander, who is outraged by Spahn’s appearance in the Bundestag: The health minister had “built a huge cardboard comrade there and, annoyingly, got through to parliament.”

Spahn had a long day: a night conference with the Chancellor, an early telephone interview with Deutschlandfunk, at noon the government declaration in the Bundestag. After extra time and a penalty shoot-out in the DFB Cup, it is midnight until Spahn sits with Maischberger and has to grapple with well-known allegations. Germany has secured enough vaccine, including the first approved by Biontech, he assures. The early start of vaccination in Great Britain and Bahrain was only possible due to an emergency approval. The EU deliberately decided against this step, also to ensure confidence in the vaccine.

But if you could not have saved lives with an earlier vaccination, Maischberger asks. Spahn does not agree to that, because “the death toll that we are complaining about today has to do with the situation 14 days ago.” Vaccination is “the way out” of the pandemic, but one would not have the restrictions even with more vaccine can do without. “Israel and Great Britain are in full lockdown, even though they vaccinated more than we did.”

Spahn: “I’ve gotten used to one thing: excluding things.”

Spahn does not dare to make a prognosis regarding the question of what these gloomy prospects mean for the corona rules in Germany, but it does not need them either. In view of the high number of infections and deaths and the incalculable risk of an even more contagious virus mutation, it should be clear to everyone that tightening rather than easing is pending. Right from the start, people were in the mood for “that winter will be hard. And winter lasts until March. ”On the question of company closures, Spahn initially said succinctly“ We are discussing with employers and unions ”and then, in response to Maischberger’s repeated inquiries, tellingly:“ I have given up one thing: excluding things. ”

Apropos exclude and “as of today”: Maischberger still wants to know what it would mean for his own career plans if he didn’t get vaccinated by the summer. “We are in a pandemic of the century”, that is his focus and he is “not about me”. The dispute over the direction of the CDU is “still there under the pandemic” and he has a good memory of how people treated each other before the pandemic. For the future of the party, Spahn believes it is essential “that we not only appoint the chancellor, but also that a chancellorship grows out of it.” If that is not stated in a statesmanlike way.


“maischberger.die woche”: Spahn is preparing for a longer lockdown

Updated January 14, 2021, 6:33 am

  • The vaccination policy of the Federal Minister of Health is the central topic in Sandra Maischberger’s panel discussion on Wednesday evening.
  • Journalist Melanie Amann accuses Jens Spahn of “throwing smoke candles”.
  • Political scientist Christian Hacke fears: Trump supporters will chase the new US president.

A criticism

of Fabian Busch

After the sensational loss of FC Bayern in the DFB Cup, Sandra Maischberger and her guests had to work hard on Wednesday evening to get the television audience to stick with it.

At least Maischberger has it Jens Spahn a very promising guest: The vaccinations against the coronavirus have barely started in Germany when criticism rises.

Because there is too little vaccine, the Federal Minister of Health has to listen to the accusation that he screwed up the vaccination start.

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These are the guests

Robin Kelly: The Democratic US Congressman did the Storming the Capitol by radical Trump supporters a week ago experienced first hand and is briefly connected from Washington.

She explains why her party is one new impeachment procedure against the US president, who is about to leave office anyway: “We don’t want him to ever be able to run again.”

Christian Hacke: The political scientist also speaks out in favor of the impeachment of Trump: “A president who looks like that radicalized un- and anti-democratic – there it has to be. “

Melanie Amann: The head of the capital city office of “Spiegel” accuses Health Minister Spahn of making the slow one Vaccination start too positive Dar: “For me it seems like a walking drug advertisement: Read the small print for risks and side effects.”

Robin Alexander: The deputy editor-in-chief of the daily newspaper “Die Welt” shows Understanding for Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU), who proposed a corona vaccination for nursing professions: “If someone says I want to care for old people, but I don’t want to be vaccinated against Corona – I find that personally problematic.”

Urban Priol: That is just typical Söder, the cabaret artist from Aschaffenburg declines: “Of course he also has to distract from the fact that in Bavaria the numbers in the old people’s and nursing homes are not great are.”

Jens Spahn: The Federal Minister of Health (CDU) speaks out against compulsory vaccination for carers. That could Damage confidence in the vaccine. In addition, it is not yet known whether vaccinated people are less infectious. “As long as we have not clarified that, a lot of debates are idle.”

That is the moment of the evening

There is one question that should worry many people right now: How long do we have to stay in the withstand second lockdown? There is a vague answer to that this evening – if not a pleasant one.

The Chancellor had already indicated that Easing the contact restrictions until Easter is difficult could be. And that is also the message that the audience read between the lines of Jens Spahn that evening.

He said from the start that winter would be hard – and the winter goes until the end of Marchsays Spahn. “We won’t be able to lift all restrictions and restrictions on February 1st. That is very obvious. They will have to be extended.”

This is the speech duel of the evening

The television audience gets a real argument unfortunately not required. Instead, Sandra Maischberger tries personally to lure the Federal Minister of Health out of the reserve.

Jens Spahn defends the way of the European Union, which, unlike Great Britain, did not want to give the corona vaccine an earlier emergency approval and is therefore now lagging behind in vaccination. “In the medium term, when it comes to trust in the vaccine, proper approval is the way to go,” said Spahn.

Maischberger does not want to be satisfied with that. “Early vaccination saves lives – doesn’t it?” She asks pointedly. Spahn is visibly annoyed. His message on this show should be obvious: Everything is going well. Sufficient vaccine had been ordered, it was just an “initial shortage”. And where there is already vaccination, it works fine.

After Spahn’s departure from the studio, this depiction calls journalist Melanie Amann back on the scene. She breaks with a “golden Maischberger rule” and throws the guest a critical sentence: Spahn only threw smoke candles, Amann is annoyed: “We vaccinate much later than other countries, we vaccinate much less than other countries, we have not ordered enough vaccine or too little vaccine. And they The situation in the nursing homes is catastrophic.”

That’s the result

There remains a broadcast very limited informational value: Jens Spahn repeats what he said that day in the Bundestag. Also on the question of who will be running for the this Saturday CDU-Vorsitz could decide, the commentators do not dare to answer.

The The situation in the party is extremely diffuse, thinks “Welt” journalist Robin Alexander. Candidate Norbert Röttgen, however, has blocked his chances by declaring the FDP not suitable for a coalition. “I think Norbert Röttgen made a super campaign – but it went to his head.”

So there is only one of this evening anxious look into the future: Because of the corona lockdown, which will probably remain with us for a while. And because of the prospects in the USA: Political scientist Christian Hacke believes that a dangerous political situation is brewing there.

The storm on the Capitol may only be the beginning. “For me it is not impossible that things are going to get a lot worse in the next few months will. There has never been a presidency like Biden’s future, where he is hunted almost every day by Trump and his supporters. ”

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