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Source: CDU CSU

Mister President! Ladies and gentlemen! At the beginning, colleague Straetmanns, the remark that I have been upset about the Nazi speech against old parties for ages. I can only help you to raise awareness of this. I just want to say: Not only the CSU is celebrating its 75th birthday this year. We are all venerable old parties. But we can never get as old in thinking, backwardness and ossification as what is sitting over there.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the FDP, the LEFT and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

Formally, the debate could end after 30 seconds: a motion for a period that has not yet been concluded is against the Rules of Procedure – period!

(Applause from MPs from BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

That is completely sufficient to reject this incompetent committee of inquiry.

But of course it is again a question of trampling the rules of procedure. It is again a matter of trying to show it in this Parliament. It is again a matter of trampling the rules by which we are trying to work for the people right now, at the height of this second wave of the pandemic. For that very reason, ladies and gentlemen, you cannot participate in any of these applications at this point.

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

But I would like to say one more sentence on the big issue of parliamentary participation. You are all right: Measures like the ones that we are currently expecting people to do, that Corona is demanding of us, of democracy, require explanation in order to strengthen and gain trust. Therefore, a great, broad debate is right. But – sorry – I don’t know what all of you have done, but for the last seven months I have done nothing else than deal with this very issue at this point, including in the constituency as a member of parliament. 70 debates! Not a single motion from this House was not discussed.

(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: That’s how it is!)

Nevertheless, one has to say in terms of state theory: The executive in fighting this pandemic resides in the countries. They have to implement it, or we will override federalism. I think that’s what this house wants – well, I’m not exactly sure – but nobody. Therefore: Strengthen trust: yes; but Parliament is indeed involved, and we should not spoil what we have organized and managed well over the past few months, ladies and gentlemen.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU)

But what the AfD is doing at this point has to be shaken down to a basic level. Anyone who twists facts in this way, who offers the platform for untruth, is offending the victims of this pandemic.

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

Our most valuable asset is life. We take these measures, which we support, for which we set the framework, for which we actually advertise with passion outside, not because we cannot think of anything better, but because at the end of the day we want and have to protect lives. That is our highest mission. I can only call for support for this. They are not only offending against the vulnerable groups – I have said this again and again: what the AfD does is almost deliberate bodily harm in what it calls out to people outside – no, also against a young generation. If we do nothing in this country, we will rob them of their social basis, their economic basis and their future. That is why these measures, which we are striving for and which we are trying to explain to people, are actually necessary.

Everything you do is the complete opposite. The question arises, of course: why? What is it about in an hour when we need cohesion? They don’t want this cohesion at all; They want the rift in this society.

(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD, the FDP, the LEFT and the BÜNDNIS 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)

This is something you can’t get away with. That is the morally reprehensible thing. In the end I can only say: If you are not ready to protect lives, if you are not ready to work constructively against this pandemic and not steal people’s time, then please don’t steal them from this house Time, and do not make such applications that ultimately prevent us from doing precisely that: namely, to give the citizens the protection they actually deserve from this House.

Many thanks.

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


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