At the moment of the flood disaster, Germany does not need to be blamed. But soon there could also be consequences for Laschet and Baerbock, comments Mike Schier.
The images from North Rhine-Westphalia and Rhineland-Palatinate are hard to bear. There have been repeated storms and floods in Bavaria in recent years. But the deadly force of these hours should even surpass the Oder flood of 2002.
As then, the flood will of course take on a political dimension in the 2021 election year. In 2002 it was the gut politician Gerhard Schröder who revealed his ability to make things in the disaster. In 2021, the debate will certainly be different: It is difficult to imagine that photos in rubber boots will help achieve success this time. The accident will fuel the climate debate at the federal level.
Floods in Germany: The country now needs solidarity – but the political debate will follow in a few days
Annalena Baerbock could take that out of the line of fire and plunge Armin Laschet, in whose state North Rhine-Westphalia part of the disaster is taking place, into difficulties of explanation. Regionally, the issue of flood protection comes into focus everywhere. Do we have to take more precautions? In Bavaria, the dispute over the construction of polders along the Danube only recently re-emerged.
But there are still a few days left for all of this. In the hours of need, it is simply inappropriate if the catastrophe of others is misused for one’s own political purposes in social networks. Germany now does not need heated debates and accusations, but solidarity and willingness to help. Unfortunately, that comes too late for the victims – but at least the material damage can be repaired by a strong country together.
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