MIL OSI Translation. Region: Germany / Deutschland –
Source: CDU CSU
December 19, 2020
The chairman of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group in an interview with the daily newspaper “Die Glocke”
In an interview with the “Glocke”, the chairman of the Union parliamentary group, Ralph Brinkhaus, pointed out that contacts would have to be significantly restricted, especially over Christmas, in order to regain control over the spread of the corona virus.
No one could promise today that the lockdown will be enough by January 10 to regain control over the virus, said the group leader. “But the fact is that we all have to shut down our contacts again extremely, especially over Christmas – in my opinion also beyond what is allowed by the governments. Otherwise it will be difficult.
Brinkhaus: “It’s a shame“ that a comparatively small minority more or less takes the others into liability. ”
On January 5th, the situation will have to be reassessed by the federal government and the Prime Minister, ”Brinkhaus continued. “Most of the citizens acted incredibly responsibly” when complying with the contact restrictions. But it is a shame “that a comparatively small minority more or less takes the others into liability and attracts so much attention”.
With a view to the high expenditures for the Corona relief measures, the parliamentary group chairman underlined that although large sums were at stake, “but without the money, restaurants and retailers would have an even more difficult future.” Now the task is to get the pandemic under control quickly to get. “Otherwise it will be financially difficult after overcoming Covid-19,” said Brinkhaus.
Brinkhaus: “We are in the driver’s seat, we decide the budget – so it is up to us to provide the funds …”
Regarding the important role of the German Bundestag in the pandemic, the head of the CDU / CSU parliamentary group said: “We implemented the Third Civil Protection Act with considerable public participation under the pressure of demonstrations in front of the Reichstag. We have defined very precisely for the government what it is allowed to do and what it is not allowed to do. We are very intensive in talks and discussions – at all levels: in parliamentary groups, working groups and committee meetings. We are holding plenary debates on the subject, just this week on the national vaccination strategy. ”The Bundestag can also sharpen it at any time or take back everything that it has given the government of freedom. “In this respect, we are already involved very intensively. We sit in the driver’s seat, we take care of the budget – so it is up to us to make the funds available – or not, ”Brinkhaus emphasized.
The group leader sees the most pressing task for the coming years as keeping society together. “What happened in the USA and in other countries must not happen that we end up with a divided society.” In addition, Germany must remain economically competitive because prosperity depends on it. “And that’s why we have to do more in the areas of research and innovation, education and infrastructure than in the past,” demanded Brinkhaus.
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