Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to use the Corona emergency brake to ensure uniform nationwide rules. But there is massive resistance – especially against the curfew.
- In the fight against the Corona * pandemic, Angela Merkel is now relying on a nationwide uniform emergency braking law.
- But the law is controversial. There is also criticism from within our own ranks.
- The planned curfew in particular is causing discussions.
- This news ticker is continuously updated.
Berlin – Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the members of the Bundestag on Friday with haunting words. She called for a hurry: “Every day earlier that the emergency brake is applied nationwide is a day won.” But the planned law continues to cause heated discussions. The curfew in particular causes displeasure.
Merkel’s Corona emergency brake under fire: Chancellor urges you to hurry
A heated exchange of blows about the planned Corona emergency brake raged in the Bundestag on Friday. Merkel spoke of bottlenecks in intensive care units, for example in Cologne, Bremen and Berlin. But it is not yet clear whether the law in its current form will really come into force. The law is to be passed in the Bundestag on Wednesday. Shortly afterwards, the Federal Council is to cast its vote.
The AfD and the Left have signaled a general rejection of the federal plans. The FDP believes that nationwide action is necessary, but still threatens a constitutional complaint because of the planned exit restrictions from 9 p.m. And the planned school closings from an incidence of 200 are also causing discussions. For many, such as Green Party leader Katrin Göring-Eckardt, this limit comes too late.
Merkel’s Corona emergency brake: Altmaier defends curfew with a drastic forecast
Federal Minister of Economics Peter Altmaier has meanwhile clearly spoken out in favor of the consistent application of the planned curfews. This was “a signal for the drama of the situation,” he said Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. “Everywhere in the world where a wave of infections has been successfully broken, this has been achieved with the instrument of a hard lockdown *,” continues Altmaier. In his opinion, the alternative would be “the complete overload of the health system, with tens of thousands of additional deaths”.
With the law, there should be nationwide regulations for corona measures in the future. If the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants within seven days in a city or a district exceeds 100 on three consecutive days, shops have to be closed and exit restrictions apply from 9 p.m. Schools should no longer be allowed to offer face-to-face classes with a value of 200 or more. So far, such measures have been the responsibility of the federal states. The Federal Government initiated the renewed amendment to the Infection Protection Act as a result of the failure of the so-called Easter rest period.
Merkel’s Corona emergency brake: the current schedule
The debates continue for the time being. The current schedule for the emergency brake:
- Monday: The SPD parliamentary group will be discussing the new Infection Protection Act at a special meeting from 11.30 a.m. The Social Democrats want to relax the night curfew. Individual walks and “individual sports” such as jogging should still be allowed after 9 p.m. At the Union, the executive group committee (2 p.m.) and the entire group committee (4 p.m.) meet.
In the afternoon at 2 p.m., the health committee will hold a special meeting on the federal government’s draft law – it could already decide on changes.
- Tuesday: The SPD parliamentary group will meet again at 2 p.m., the Union parliamentary group at 3 p.m.
- Wednesday: The Bundestag starts the final deliberations at 11 a.m. as part of the second and third reading. The result should be known in the early afternoon. The bill is passed if it receives a simple majority of the votes.
- Thursday: The Federal Council is expected to have a special session at 11 a.m. The heads of government are likely to set out in a debate what they think of the new regulation – there is certainly criticism in the countries. However, the state chamber does not have to actively agree. Since the federal government presented the emergency brake as an objection law, the meeting only asks whether the mediation committee is called or an objection is lodged. For this to happen, a majority in the regional chamber would have to vote in favor – which is not to be expected.
- Once the law has passed the Federal Council, it is forwarded to Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who has to issue it. To Monday April 26th, it should then come into force.
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