Tomorrow, Wednesday, Germany’s new federal government will be sworn in. What can German taxpayers expect? A look at the new ministers and the coalition agreement shows: Nothing good.
by Holger W. Sitter
Now the talk show king Karl Lauterbach actually becomes Federal Minister of Health. I read the following remarkable sentence from my colleague Jens Schröder in #trending at MEEDIA: “It would simply not have been possible to convey to large parts of the population, in which the SPD man has made a name for himself as a pandemic expert, not to make Lauterbach a minister”. Wow! Does that really correspond to the majority opinion among the people? No of course not. “Steam chatter” Lauterbach unsettled people like no other politician and frightened them with his crude mutation legends. In addition, he stands for additional income that is reported too late, which counteracts his always high moral index finger. Years ago his own wife had warned against too much power – too late. He will certainly continue to ride the dead pandemic horse.
If you take a look around Karl Lauterbach’s Twitter account, it seems as if the Germans hanging on the vaccination needle have wished for nothing more than to have a corona paranoid “ordained” to the Federal Minister of Health. Apart from Lauterbach’s submissive vaccination fans, a different mood emerges. The opinion of the Facebook warning lawyer Joachim Nikolaus Steinhöfel is much more representative: “Lauterbach has already represented every opinion on every Corona issue. And usually the opposite, every day. The voters must feel fooled with this personality. An irresponsible wrong decision in this crisis ”. But if Germany can afford a Federal Constitutional President who has never been a judge, why not also a Minister of Health who has never practiced as a doctor?
Free travel for Islamists
The Scholz cabinet will be sworn in tomorrow as the 25th Federal Government of the Federal Republic of Germany. What can we expect from this federal government? The simple answer is: nothing! The coalition agreement of the traffic light parties under the title “Dare to make more progress” comprises 178 pages. In 178 pages of the coalition agreement, for example, the word “Islamism” appears exactly once – in a list right next to “right-wing extremism” and “conspiracy ideologies”, although the looming danger is enormous. In complete misunderstanding of true events, “right-wing extremism is currently the greatest threat to our democracy.” Association bans are needed for Islamist associations and groups. Backyard mosques have to be closed, hate preachers have to be taken from the pulpit in front of the community, arrested and brought to justice in a constitutional process and then deported in a publicly effective manner. Constantly inviting DITIB to the round table is exactly the opposite. The 51-year-old Interior Minister Nancy Faeser will certainly not tackle this hot topic.
Baerbock is already embarrassed before taking office
The foreign minister’s personnel will be particularly problematic. In the past few years, with Heiko Maas, we already had someone for whom the office was clearly far too big and whose decisions made everything from dubious to wrong, this ministry of paramount importance will be sacrificed further loss of reputation. The reputation that people like Heinrich von Brentano, Gerhard Schröder, Willy Brandt, Helmut Schmidt or Hans-Dietrich Genscher have built up in the republic around the world is now in danger of being pulverized. Even before she took office as Foreign Minister, Annalena Baerbock had the first goat and immediately warned Beijing with verbal threats. Not the foreign minister, not even the ambassador in Berlin, but only his spokeswoman showed a smug reaction to it. That alone says a lot. And it threatens to get worse.
No climate veto for the Greens
It will also be exciting in the key ministry of economy and climate protection, which the Greens and Robert Habeck are to develop further in the direction of “climate protection”. If this expensive project does not make any noticeable progress, the demonstrators of the Fridays for Future Kids are likely to squeal in front of his ministry. When it comes to climate protection, the 52-year-old is definitely dependent on cross-departmental cooperation with the building (SPD) and transport (FDP) ministries, which naturally also have other, potentially totally opposing interests (a veto right against climate-damaging laws that the Greens liked does not exist). Another difficulty: Habeck heads a ministry that has so far represented the interests of business and industry. Dealing with the economic consequences of the Corona crisis will therefore be a acid test for him.
There is already resentment in the party. It is grumbling because the Greens have allowed the Ministry of Transport, of all things, to go to the FDP. It was to be expected that they did not negotiate enough on climate protection. But the fact that Habeck, together with Baerbock, pushed through his plan to make the Realo Cem Özdemir minister instead of the party left Anton Hofreiter, although the former is more qualified for the Ministry of Agriculture, is not only criticized by the “TAZ”. There is already a lot of conflict material in the room when the new ministers are sworn in tomorrow in the Bundestag.
About Holger W. Sitter
Holger W. Sitter has always been a free spirit committed to words. As early as 1987 he took over a “left-wing conservative” newspaper as editor-in-chief from practically nowhere. “Do it better,” was the complainant’s heart and he did as he was told. He then did his classic training at the beginning of the 90s at the WAZ in Essen and Dortmund, then accompanied his favorite club in sports columns for the Westfälische Rundschau for many years and founded the magazine “Gib mich die Kirsche” in 2003, which he led for thirteen years as editor-in-chief . Then politics came and brought him back – first to Düsseldorf, then to Berlin. There he not only participates, but interferes. For Report24, at the beginning of the 20th electoral term, he is now writing about laughing and factual stories about the Bundestag.
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