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Should Germany have the greater power to enforce Covid-19’s rules at the federal level?

Some of Germany’s 16 states, such as Saarland, reopening public life – although the number of Covid-19 is increasing – while others, such as Hamburg, are declining further.

As part of Germany’s federal system, each state has its own approach when it comes to opening or closing, what schools and related restrictions apply.

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Faced with the states’ inconsistent approach to fighting the pandemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic congress group (CDU / CSU) in the House of Representatives is fostering greater power at the federal level. .

The aim is to allow consistent measures to be taken across the country in crisis management. Earlier, on Thursday, educators across Germany also called for standardized rules regarding school opening and testing.

READ ALSO: German teachers called for Covid rules to be uniform in schools across the country

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Can the federal government be as powerful as the states?

The initiative of MPs Norbert Röttgen, Johann Wadephul and Yvonne Magwas envisaged “giving the (additional) federal government the power to act like states, namely to ensure enforcement. National Infections Protection Act National Goals by Statutory Order ”.

The three CDU congressmen made the proposal in an email to other members of the Alliance, as the DPA saw.

The proposal came after the last marathon meeting between Chancellor Merkel and state leaders in March, and before their next meeting on Monday April 12.

At the last coronavirus summit before the Easter holiday, Merkel called for a strict but brief shutdown, but quickly overturned the decision after criticism from state leaders.

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The meeting showed that joint nationwide action was “no longer possible,” the three MPs wrote, referring to Germany’s inability to act at the federal level.

“This shows the weakness of the Infectious Protection Act, which is that it only authorizes state governments to issue legal ordinances to carry out the goals of the law, not to the government itself. federal government. ”

This loophole in the Infectious Protection Act, he said, must be quickly narrowed down by the House of Representatives, they said.

Röttgen, Wadephul and Magwas asked members of the CDU / CSU team to join their call to action.

Since CDU leader Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) has also pleaded for unified national regulations in the past, he is likely to take a positive stance on the initiative.

First state response

Support came from the state of Schleswig-Holstein, Germany’s northernmost tip. Prime Minister Daniel Günther (CDU), when asked, said: “I am willing to accept more binding provisions in the Infectious Protection Act for areas with increasing incidence rates above 100 (cases new infection per 100,000 residents in seven days ”.

“In this law, however, we should get to the root of the problem and focus on truly effective solutions to a pandemic.”

The response from Lower Saxony is quite different: “At the moment, I cannot see how more legitimate federal capacity will lead to better pandemic containment – and that must be in the interest of all of them. I, ”said State Prime Minister Stephan Weil (SPD).


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authorized / empowered – ermächtigt

the third wave of the pandemic – (dead) a Pandemiewelle drip

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