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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –

Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! The situation is still grave. We know that we as the Federal Republic of Germany have come through this crisis very responsibly. The Federal Minister of Health said he did not know which country one would have liked to have been in during this serious crisis. And he’s right about that.

(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU)

We can be happy that we live in Germany and that during this crisis we – all of us, by the way – treated each other very responsibly and were there for each other.

The point now is that we remain sensible, that we continue to adhere to the measures that are now advisable, so that we can continue to get through this crisis well and not require measures such as we have already had in recent months. We owe it to the people of our country to look out for one another.

By the way: We MEPs are special role models in how we behave in our everyday lives, but above all in the German Bundestag.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD)

I asked myself why the AfD does not keep these measures permanently and demonstratively, does not pay attention to one another, does not keep any distances

(Dr. Anton Hofreiter [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Because they don’t like hygiene!)

and constantly told people, also in social networks, by the way: All of this is not only exaggerated, but this virus does not actually exist.

(Dr. Alice Weidel [AfD]: That’s not true at all!)

In the past few days we have heard the explanation for this from internal discussions: You want Germany to be worse off.

(Dr. Alice Weidel [AfD]: That’s not true at all!)

That is your goal. And that’s how you want to achieve it.

Ladies and gentlemen, I will tell you quite frankly – Mr Gauland, you should know -: On the portal of the Reichstag it says: “The German people”

(Dr. Alice Weidel [AfD]: Great!)

and not: For the good of the AfD, and that’s a good thing.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from members of the LEFT and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Because whoever behaves so unpatriotically, who thinks so unpatriotically, has no business in the German Bundestag. You will receive the receipt for this at the next federal election.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD and Alliance 90 / THE GREENS – Laughter from members of the AfD – Dr. Alexander Gauland [AfD]: Yes, yes, Mr Ziemiak! You don’t believe any of that yourself, Mr Ziemiak ! I know you from before!)

It was not only the federal government and at the top the Chancellor and her ministers, it was also the prime ministers and, above all, many local politicians – the district administrators, the mayors – who were responsible and made an important contribution to preventing the number of infections only recorded but also the chains of infection could be traced.

What worries me very much is the situation here in Berlin and the number of infections here. But what not only worries me, but makes me stunned, is that here in Berlin they don’t even want to accept the help of the Bundeswehr and work with them,

(Kai Gehring [BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN]: Bavaria!)

to understand the chains of infection and to protect people, because they say: health is not as important as ideology.

I say it very factually and soberly, Mr. Bartsch:

(Dr. Dietmar Bartsch [DIE LINKE]: What do I have to do with it?)

Call those who are responsible in Kreuzberg and elsewhere! This is not about party politics or ideology. It is about protecting the health of the people in Berlin and not about any old slogans against our soldiers.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the FDP – Dr. Dietmar Bartsch [DIE LINKE]: Agreed! But I am not mayor! – Otto Fricke [FDP]: That applies above all to your new friends!)

– Of course, that applies to everyone who has responsibility – Christian Lindner, that is absolutely correct – also to all those from the SPD and the Greens; they are just as important. But these statements are certainly best placed there.

Ladies and gentlemen, in spite of all the difficulties, we also have the chance to emerge stronger from this crisis if we not only behave sensibly, but also look to the future with confidence and optimism. And this is shown by this statement: on the one hand, we want to ensure that we get through the crisis well with all the tools and measures that are necessary now to help those who are particularly affected, and on the other hand, into the future to invest, to use a future turbo in digitization, in innovation, in educational projects, so that we don’t miss the boat, but have the chance to be particularly strong. This requires a strong Europe. Above all, this requires courage and confidence, and we should radiate that.

This also means that we must all be clear about the fact that we did not just get through the crisis so well, but rather – Andi Jung just mentioned it – because we managed very well in the past, put it in the black and have campaigned for the debt brake. That is why we are in a position to act in this way today.

I have to say: Mr. Scholz is now trapped. Herr Mützenich tried to read the speeches from the Willy Brandt House

(Ulli Nissen [SPD]: We don’t need that!)

and so catch up on the SPD party congress a bit,

(Gabriele Katzmarek [SPD]: You’re funny again today!)

and said in this crisis that Mr Scholz would be a good chancellor. So, he has to decide: does he want to remain sensible, or does he want the irresponsible policy of the SPD to get into even more debt, as some – Saskia Esken, Kevin Kühnert – are calling for? He has to decide.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

Ladies and gentlemen, if we want to be the land of opportunities

(Shouts of the delegates Timon Gremmels [SPD] and Otto Fricke [FDP])

In all these areas, not only during the corona measures, but also when it comes to budget policy, then we must also be a parliament of responsibility, and this is what we as the CDU / CSU are committed to.

Thank you very much.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)


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