German lawmakers on Wednesday voted on legislation strengthening Angela Merkel’s powers to further tighten the fight against a third wave of pandemics, including the imposition of a highly controversial night curfew in the country.
The Bundestag is expected to reform this reform of the transition protection law, championed by an alliance between conservatives and social democracies, which have a majority in the lower house of parliament.
To enter the force, it would still have to pass the Bundesrat, probably on Thursday.
Its purpose: to enhance the skills of the central power in the health and educational sectors, usually heads of sectors.
For the government, it is necessary to control the management of the epidemic. It has killed more than 80,000 people in the country for a year and the third wave of infection has not yet reached its peak.
It is meant to enforce a severe lockdown of public life, initially set as of June 30, as soon as the incidence rate, which measures infection in a week, exceeds 100 for three days.
The automatic trigger of this “emergency brake” should eliminate stress along areas that have been implemented so far or even ignore stringent measures.
“Viruses have not forgiven any half measure, they only make things worse,” the Chancellor warned, defending his project in front of deputies last Wednesday.
– “Very sensitive” topic –
The outlook is not clear in Germany which is linked to its federal system established at the initiative of the Allies after the end of the very centralized authoritarian Nazi regime.
Implementation of curfew, especially at the national level, awakens bad memories in the former communist GDR.
Thus Thuringay’s interior minister, Social Democratic Minister George Mair, “strictly” opposed handing over his control to the police.
“(Subject) here in East Germany is very sensitive,” he said.
The population seems divided on the subject.
While a large majority is in favor of the apparent tightness of the measures, including cuts to private contacts, the closure of non-essential stores, and an increase in the use of telecommunications, according to a recent survey by public television ZFF, only one national 51% approval of curfew. .
FDP liberals dismiss this fiercely, because it is “contrary to the Constitution”, according to them. Its leader Christian Lindner threatened him again on Tuesday with an appeal to the German Supreme Court.
The Greens question its effectiveness without openly protesting, while the most right-wing and radical are against Lie Die Linke.
– Concessions –
Due to criticism, the government relaxed its initial plan to exit between 9 am and 5 am. He now offers a “soft” curfew between 10 a.m. and midnight, allowing people to walk or walk, then leave to work, according to a revised project consulted by AFP, between midnight and 5 p.m. “Difficult”.
The government also reduced 165 incidents, resulting in the end of face-to-face lessons in schools, also under the jurisdiction of areas rather than the 200 level, which was considered too high.
But there is no question of dropping the idea of a federal curfew, which is “a sign of a dramatic situation in Germany, and about the fact that we take it seriously”, said Peter, the economics patron this weekend Explained Altmire.
The diversity of rules from one region to another, some have relied on exemptions with large-scale use of tests, has led to confusion and growing frustration among populations.
“The third wave has firmly held the country”, warns Angela Merkel, calling it unacceptable to ignore “calls for help” from hospitals in front of the influx of Kovid-19 patients into intensive care.
On Tuesday, the incidence rate rose again, to an average of 162.4, with new infections varying widely in recent times, from 10,000 to about 30,000.