MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
Mister President! My ladies! Gentlemen! Dear colleagues! Dear colleagues! We have received an application from the AfD to set up a committee of inquiry into the corona pandemic. This application is to be rejected because it is inadmissible, unreasonable and contradictory.
(Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: Everything as always!)
It is inadmissible because it is placed in such a way that, for constitutional reasons, it cannot be advised here. Why is that? It is a principle that we as the German Bundestag only have the power to investigate matters that have been closed in the past. The inadmissibility is already written on the forehead of this motion; because if you look around, the corona pandemic is not over in Germany, Europe or worldwide. We are currently in a new phase of the instruments to combat this pandemic, and that is why we cannot fundamentally approve this application. It does not meet basic legal requirements. However, this does not only apply to the proposal in its entirety; there are a number of questions that violate this principle.
This request is also unreasonable.
(Shouts from the AfD: unreasonable ?!)
It is therefore unreasonable – we know this from committees of inquiry – because we have to refer to an abundance of files, because we have to deal very intensively with these issues to many authorities and many employees. It would be precisely the employees who are needed in the fight against this pandemic who would be busy with it. I think that is not only unreasonable, but even dangerous.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD – shout from the AfD: That too!)
That’s why I say: We have to protect the health authorities from the AfD.
(Laughter and applause from members of the CDU / CSU, SPD and LINKEN – laughter from the AfD)
But, ladies and gentlemen, this motion is also contradictory.
(Shout from the AfD: This is unconstitutional!)
This motion is also contradicting itself, and that is a very cautious and perhaps gentlemanly assessment. In your application, you allegedly rely on many questions that it is science-based, that it is based on factual considerations, that you are trying to obtain facts. At the same time you formulate a question 50,
(Niema Movassat [DIE LINKE]: Oh yes, it’s good!)
in which you ask about contacts of the federal government on Bill Gates and the content of these conversations, and you are thereby serving the most crude conspiracy theories. I just say: ugh, be ashamed of yourself!
(Applause from the CDU / CSU, the SPD and the LEFT as well as from members of the FDP and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
When we talk about conspiracy theories – and you are experts in conspiracy theories – then maybe you should think about what your former press spokesman Lüth, a close confidante of your group leader, said: If Germany is doing badly, the AfD is doing well. – This is the material for conspiracy theories, I say to the experts on this page.
(Applause from members of the CDU / CSU – Shout from the AfD: That’s crazy! – Countercall from Deputy Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: But you are pretty excited!)
– I’m not quite finished with this topic yet. Yes, they’ll be a lot more excited.
(Laughter at the AfD)
This morning, parliamentary group leader Gauland gave an interview to Deutschlandfunk, and towards the end of the interview he was confronted with an interview by his colleague from AfD Müller, who gave these conspiracy theories of Bill Gates a lot of space on ZDF in May.
(Applause from MP Canan Bayram [ALLIANCE 90 / THE GREENS])
Group chairman Gauland refused to answer the question because he said: at best an individual opinion. – Mr Gauland, look at the rubrum of your application, which includes question 50! Over 30 members of your parliamentary group signed it, and it says: AfD parliamentary group. What you do here is dishonest, is dubious. You didn’t tell the truth in the interview this morning. You are spreading conspiracy theories here.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU as well as from members of the SPD, the FDP, the LEFT and the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN)
Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, dear colleagues: We cannot support this proposal, we will not support this proposal.
(Shouts from the AfD: But that’s a surprise!)
Nonetheless, there are of course questions that we need to address in connection with the corona pandemic. Of course there are the questions: Were we properly prepared? What scientific findings in health policy have we gained? We will have to shed light on the question of whether we were constitutionally prepared for such an emergency, the question of the long-term functionality of the Bundestag and, and, and … That is a broad range of questions that we must indeed address.
But the question is: what instrument do we use and when do we do it? And then I can only say: You can only do that in an overall view. To do this, we must have overcome the big waves this pandemic is still making; we need time for this, and we need another instrument, not the instrument of a committee of inquiry, but rather the instrument of a commission of inquiry, which is really about the interests of clarification.
You, ladies, gentlemen from the AfD group, have absolutely no interest in providing information. They don’t care to shed light on that. You are serving the most outrageous conspiracy theories, no more and no less, and that is why we will not be able to approve your proposal.
(Applause from the CDU / CSU and the SPD as well as from MPs of the BÜNDNISSES 90 / DIE GRÜNEN – shouts from the AfD: Mask up! Mask criminals! – Michael Grosse-Brömer [CDU / CSU]: They are really tired of their nerves! – Dr. Patrick Sensburg [CDU / CSU]: Give them valerian!)
EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.