Thursday, January 27

Mandatory vaccination opens first gap in Olaf Scholz’s coalition government


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Before even being invested as German Chancellor but after having signed the government pact with Greens and Liberals, the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz announced its intention to bring the mandatory vaccine to Parliament. The draft of the program for parliamentary debate is already at the disposal of the deputies, in the Bundestag, and there are more than twenty requests for the floor by parliamentarians of the Liberal Party (FDP) to defend your vote against.

Among them is the vice president of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Kubicki, whose speech is entitled “There should be no generalized compulsory vaccination against Covid-19 in the Federal Republic of Germany”, and suggests a call by the full parliamentary to “that the greatest number of people continue

getting vaccinated in Germany “, as well as a petition to the federal government to” intensify efforts to undermine the violation of fundamental rights implied by compulsory vaccination or so-called 2G measurements»That exclude the unvaccinated from indoor public spaces.

Kubicki will also propose the creation of “multilingual educational and advertising spaces and a broad vaccination campaign supported by relevant social actors such as churches, Muslim associations, unions and sports clubs.” And it encourages the federal government to maintain and intensify various vaccination offerings at important events or at key moments, in collaboration with businesses and shopping centers. It also proposes the offer of a personal vaccination appointment for each citizen. But your feedback will be negative. The party chairman and finance minister, Christian Lindner, has guaranteed that, as it is a matter of high ethical content, its deputies will not be subject to party discipline and will be able to vote in conscience. Already in the investiture session Scholz lacked 15 votes from his partners who abstained or voted against. In this case they could be more and reveal a first gap in the “semaphore coalition” that has begun to govern Germany.

Uncoordination

The decision to bring a bill to make the vaccine mandatory to a parliamentary vote came out of a meeting between Scholz and the presidents of the Bundeslander. Scholz made the proposal and the regional president of Schleswig Holstein, the Conservative Daniel Günther, later stated that the matter “had been settled”. But at that conference the members of the FDP, who do not preside over any of the German regions, are conspicuous by their absence. Once the motion is presented to the Bundestag, with great speed to comply with the deadline established by the Chancellor, “before the end of February”, motions can be added and that is what the Liberal Party has done as soon as the procedure allowed it, after remember that during the electoral campaign he repeatedly defended a position against the mandatory vaccination, as did the Social Democratic Party and Los Verdes.

Those involved in the request to speak, around the Vice President of the Bundestag, Wolfgang Kubicki, also argue that “failure to fulfill such a promise would also cause long-term damage to society.” They also reproach Scholz for the fact that the announcement of the compulsory vaccine law was a “total surprise»For the other two members of the ‘traffic light coalition‘and even for the Social Democratic parliamentary group. At Los Verdes headquarters, however, Kubicki’s haste is perceived as a hostile act. Most of them had been prepared to remain silent about it until after Christmas and to formulate group proposals only at the beginning of the year. And as for the opposition, it should be remembered that the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) remains headless until the vote of its bases for a new president and that this leadership will not be consolidated until the congress that the party will hold in January. This vacuum has so far prevented a position taking. The new health spokesperson, Tino Rises, has limited himself to saying that “the initiative of 20 FDP deputies gives an idea of ​​how disorderly and uncoordinated the three coalition partners act on the issue of mandatory vaccines and one thing is clear: as CDU, we hope that the new government provide a clear route and proposal. ‘

Sources of the Casa Konrad Adenauer advance that the CDU is also working on a motion, but apparently without rush. “In the coming weeks, there will be more discussions with experts, in which the facets of the debate on mandatory vaccination will be discussed in depth. We will present a concept as soon as possible. Regardless of this, the interesting thing is going to be to see how the ‘stoplight coalition’ finds its own position and gathers a majority of the Bundestag ”. From Sorge’s point of view, however, this is not a conscientious decision. “Compulsory vaccination is not a question of conscience, but a practical-political one. Chancellor Scholz and Health Minister Lauterbach must comment on this. Hiding behind a vote of conscience on such sensitive issues is not enough to govern. Scholz must also suspect something of this, who during his first government declaration before the Bundestag, in which he laid out the fundamental lines of his legislature, had the opportunity to go into detail about a myriad of projects, among which he did not mention mandatory vaccination.

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