Klingbeil criticizes "cock fight for merkel’s legacy"

They stand for different approaches to the corona pandemic: Bavaria’s Prime Minister Soder supports strict measures, NRW Prime Minister Laschet wants to relax. The SPD is now tired of the competition.

SPD General Secretary Lars Klingbeil has accused the Prime Ministers of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia, Markus Soder and Armin Laschet, of trying to raise their profile in the Corona crisis with a view to a possible candidate for chancellor. The competition between Munich and Dusseldorf is "slowly getting out of hand," said Klingbeil of the "Rheinische Post".

"It sometimes seems like a cockfight for Merkel’s legacy, in which those involved watch each other and try compulsively to be faster than the other."

He thinks this is dangerous and absolutely inappropriate for the situation. "The situation is far too serious for that." Responsible crisis management is best done with unity, said Klingbeil. "What is therefore not at all helpful are the constant attempts to publicize the profile of the potential CDU and CSU chancellor candidates."

Soder for strict measures, Laschet wants easing

Soder had played a pioneering role in imposing exit restrictions in Bavaria: Before other federal states, the Bavarian state government had initiated exit restrictions to contain the corona virus and thus also influenced the nationwide debate.

Laschet, who is running for the CDU chairmanship, had positioned himself strongly in the debate about easing the corona measures. Soder had made it clear several times that he currently had no ambitions to run for chancellor, and repeated this again despite good survey results in the Corona crisis.

Another anti-corona legislative package planned

Despite the SPD criticism of the Union, the coalition partners are working on a new legislative package in the health sector to deal with the Corona crisis. According to information from the dpa news agency, the draft is to be launched in the federal cabinet in the coming week.

"The increasing spread of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus means that further measures are required to counter and mitigate the consequences of the pandemic triggered by the virus," says the draft.

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