Merkel trusts Scholz to fight Corona at MPK

Et were only a few hours until Angela Merkel was to be bid farewell with a big tattoo on Thursday evening. But she has promised the Germans that she will hold the office of chancellor with full force until the last day. Firstly, Thursday was not the last, and it was also busy once again, filled with the topic that had demanded more attention and energy from Angela Merkel than any other in the past two years. A day marked by one of the many Prime Ministers’ Conferences (MPK), which – unlike in the period before the pandemic – concentrate entirely on this one topic.

So she sat there, the political worker Merkel, who explained why tougher measures against the spread of the corona virus are necessary again, that clubs and discotheques would have to be closed from an incidence of 350, why a 2-G regulation must apply. Next Wednesday, the man sitting next to her, the social democrat Olaf Scholz, is to be elected Chancellor. It is highly unlikely that an extraordinary MPK will be interposed. That was it with Merkel’s political fight against the virus.

Only occasionally do the end times flash. For example, when the outgoing chancellor explained why Germany needed vaccination. “If I were in the Bundestag, I could say that I would vote for it.” But she’s not there anymore. After all, she once again mentioned her long-standing constituency. When she was asked why she wanted the song “You forgot the color film” by Nina Hagen to say goodbye to the tattoo. That was a “highlight” of her youth in the GDR, Merkel said. In addition, it plays in their constituency. “The sea buckthorn stood high on the beach at Hiddensee” is the first line of the first stanza.

Appreciation grown over the years

When Merkel was asked the question, a smile crossed Olaf Scholz’s face. His understanding of politics as deeply serious work for the country is similar to that of Merkel. But Scholz, whose home is Merkel’s birthplace of Hamburg, has a sense of humor. The two have come to appreciate each other over many years of working together. When Merkel was asked whether she was handing over the country to Scholz in the state she wanted, she was saddened by the strong fourth wave of the pandemic and even briefly looked a little enviously at Italy, which was so tough at the beginning of the pandemic struggled and was worse off than Germany. So now, almost two years later, Merkel said if “we had an average incidence of 130, like Italy, I would be more comfortable”.

But she was convinced that the fight against the virus by the federal and state governments would continue with Scholz as chancellor. Then a tiny little praise for the successor with a view to his time as the first mayor of Hamburg. Scholz has the advantage that he has already worked “from a country perspective”. Scholz, addressed by Merkel’s government spokesman as “Mr. Vice-Chancellor”, which almost sounded like “Mr. Chancellor”, also bowed a little, albeit less to Merkel than to the people he will soon lead from the highest political vantage point.


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