A new version of the Infection Protection Act in the fast-track process is intended to create legal certainty for the corona measures in Germany. However, that doesn’t suit everyone.
- The measures to combat the Corona pandemic should achieve legal certainty. That is why there is in the Bundestag and Bundesrat in Berlin Voting on German Infection Protection Act.
- At Protests Water cannons and tear gas were used against the new Infection Protection Act.
- In Germany exists so far 843,757 coronavirus infections, of which an estimated 537.347 People already recovered and 13,138 people combined with SARS-CoV-2 died (as of November 18, 2020).
Update from November 18th: Within sight of the Bundestag According to the police, around 5,000 to 10,000 protested at the Brandenburg Gate during the Bundestag debate Opponent of the state corona policy. The police continued water cannon one, there was also scuffle and tear gas was used. According to police, there were previously violations of the Mask requirement. A spokesman referred to the officials’ request to dissolve the gathering for violations of the German Infection Protection Act.
AfD tries to prevent the new infection protection law
Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn defended loudly German press agency in the debate the Corona restrictions and sought further confidence in crisis management. Increasing Infection numbers sooner or later led to increasing suffering on the Intensive care units and a loss of control, said the CDU politician. The SPD health politician Bärbel Bas rejected fears that the reform would expand powers for federal and state governments.
At the start of the debate, the AfD initially tried to take the topic off the agenda, but failed because it was closed resistance the other factions. The parliamentary manager of the AfD parliamentary group, Bernd Baumann, criticized the coalition for having pushed the motion through the committees without giving the MPs enough time to examine and debate. “Today’s Bill is an authorization from the government that has not existed since historical times, ”he said.
Discussion about the Infection Protection Act in the Bundestag
MPs from the other groups rejected the accusations back. The process was completely orderly and Parliament was heavily involved, said Union parliamentary group leader Michael Grosse-Brömer. The law will be in the parliament Corona pandemic strengthen. The parliamentary managing director of the FDP faction, Marco Buschmann, accused the AfD of having no alternatives, they just wanted to make a riot. His SPD colleague Carsten Schneider said that the AfD was playing with the comparison Enabling Act of 1933. “They not only discredit our democracy, they make it contemptible,” he emphasized.
– SPD party executive 🇪🇺 (@spdde) November 18, 2020
Speakers from the FDP, the Greens and the Left Party criticized the reform of the Infection Protection Act yet. The planned New regulations give the governments no guard rails, but issued them “a free ticket,” said FDP parliamentary group leader Christian Lindner. Let it be one democratic question of principlethat governments should never decide on such massive encroachments on fundamental rights and freedoms, said the parliamentary executive director of the Left, Jan Korte.
Fierce discussion about the Infection Protection Act: “Mocked Victims of National Socialism”!
First report from November 18, 12.55 p.m .: in the Fast track should the New version of the Infection Protection Act go through the Bundestag and Bundesrat this Wednesday. The aim of the change: the enacted activities in the fight against the Corona pandemic in Germany should be supported by law. So far they are Corona measures* only defined by regulation.
An end to the corona pandemic is not yet in sight and one Legal certainty urgently necessary. The consults on Wednesday at 12 noon Bundestag Then vote on the draft of the coalition groups, CDU / CSU and SPD. The Federal Council will also decide on this in a special session at 3 p.m. The new German Infection Protection Act can be issued on the same day and come into force.
Opponents of the corona policy in Germany demonstrate against the new infection protection law
Especially Corona deniers and opponents of the state Corona policy have called for protests because of this. The Federal Ministry of the Interior held rallies directly on Bundestag and at the Federal Council in the so-called pacified district not to. The Federal Ministry of the Interior has not approved twelve demonstrations in the immediate vicinity of the headquarters of the two constitutional bodies. Meetings of opponents of the Corona measures but also elsewhere in Berlin *. The police were preparing for a major operation.
The German Infection Protection Act has already been reformed several times in the wake of the corona pandemic. Already in the spring it was introduced that the Bundestag identify an epidemic of national importance. * echo24 already reported about it. The Bundestag admitted that Federal Ministry of Health Special powers a. This enables the Federal Ministry of Health to issue statutory ordinances without the Federal Council having to give its consent. Normally, government regulations require a “yes” from the regional chamber. The state of the epidemic is still valid today – but the Bundestag can end it at any time.
Coronavirus Germany: Why a new infection protection law at all?
With the Change of law Among other things, a new paragraph 28a will be added German Infection Protection Act inserted. It lists in detail which protective measures can be prescribed by state governments and competent authorities to contain the pandemic and thus finally creates some clarity and security in the Corona policy.
To the Protective measures* include: distance, starting and Contact restrictions in private and public spaces, restricting or prohibiting accommodation, travel, cultural, sports and leisure events, closing shops or arranging a Mask requirement* in public spaces. Essentially, these are the measures that have already been taken Lockdown were taken in the spring and in some cases also apply to the partial lockdown in November.
New enactment of the Infection Protection Act: These corona rules are new in Germany
In the past it was often criticized that the ordinance would encroach on the fundamental rights of citizens for an indefinite period of time. It is now prescribed that such Ordinances are to be limited in time. It should be valid for four weeks, but it can be extended at any time. In addition, the ordinances must in future be provided with a general justification.
There is a new regulation for loss of earnings. Compensation claims for parents who cannot work because of childcare are to be extended and expanded until March 2021. Anyone making an “avoidable trip” in foreign risk areas does, on the other hand, should not receive any compensation for loss of earnings for a quarantine required after return. The federal government should be able to regulate that uninsured persons are also entitled to Vaccinations* and Corona tests to have. Hospitals that are due to Corona pandemic Have to suspend operations should receive financial compensation.
Opponents of the corona policy compare infection protection law with dictatorship
Opponents of the state Corona policy accuse the government of revising the Infection Protection Act is an “enabling law”. The democracy will thus be overridden, the path taken to dictatorship. The opponents play with it without any feeling of shame Enabling Act the National Socialists from 1933, with whom the Reichstag overthrew itself and passed legislation to Adolf Hitler.
Completely regardless of whether you think it is right: The corona measures that we decide have nothing to do with that # Enabling Act to do. Anyone who makes such infamous comparisons mocks the victims of National Socialism and shows that they learn nothing from history.
– Heiko Maas 🇪🇺 (@HeikoMaas) November 17, 2020
The new German Infection Protection Act to compare it with the Enabling Act in Germany causes horror within politics. Foreign minister Heiko Maas (SPD) strictly rejected this comparison on Twitter: “Completely regardless of whether you think they are correct: The Corona measures, which we decide have nothing to do with that Enabling Act to do. Anyone who makes such infamous comparisons mocks the victims of National Socialism and shows that they learn nothing from history. “
If a member of the Bundestag passed a law like that just a few years ago #German Infection Protection Act with the # Enabling Act had equated the Nazis of 1933, the return of the mandate would have been a matter of hours. Today a whole group is doing it – without consequences.
– Constantine v. Notz (@KonstantinNotz) November 18, 2020
Coronavirus Germany: Criticism of the new infection protection law within politics
The opposition also holds the new ones Pandemic regulations for not yet determined enough and therefore constitutionally questionable. There is also a lack of stronger participation rights for parliaments. Above all, however, the fast pace is criticized by the new German Infection Protection Act should be decided.
The government’s draft law emphasizes the concentration of decision-making power in the house Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU) continued, said left leader Katja Kipping on Tuesday, like that German press agency reported. According to parliamentary group leader Dietmar Bartsch, the left does not want to agree to the draft. The FDP has also announced this. “For us, the government has room to maneuver when interfering with Fundamental rights unchanged too big, ”said parliamentary group leader Christian Lindner.
Corona opponents are attacking politics digitally
Many MEPs have been inundated by a flood of critical spam emails in the past few days, asking them to send the new German Infection Protection Act to prevent. CSU regional group leader Alexander Dobrindt reports that his office alone had received around 37,000 such emails by Tuesday morning. The vast majority have identical passages in the text. Who is behind it cannot be clarified. The FDP and the Greens also reported something similar. *echo24.de is part of the Ippen-Digital network.
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