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US News Political Ash Wednesday of the Greens: Greens boss Habeck criticizes the federal government's “rumhühnern” while vaccinating

17:21  17 february  2021
17:21  17 february  2021 Source:   handelsblatt.com

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Not a full beer tent, but a built-up living room in the Berlin Heinrich Böll Foundation: This is the broadcasting center of the Green Party leaders Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck on the political Ash Wednesday in Corona year 2021. “No carnival, and without Carnival no Ash Wednesday and no Ash Wednesday speech, ”says Habeck. “But we have to talk.”

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Although the Greens refrain from verbal attacks, as are common on political Ash Wednesday, there is still criticism. Also for the Union, which has so far been treated rather graciously: Habeck accuses the coalition of “not only driving on sight, as the federal government constantly proudly emphasizes, without realizing that it is admitting that it has completely deviated from course ".

According to Habeck, the federal government drives “blindfolded”. Aid money for companies would not reach them - "because of the digital incompetence of the Ministry of Economic Affairs". Germany is spending huge sums of money to deal with the crisis, but savings are being made when ordering vaccines.

"Why did Great Britain vaccinate 15 million people and we chickens around here?" Asks the party leader. “I think that hawking around is now the correct technical term for it,” he said while attempting to coined a new “technical term” on German vaccination policy on Ash Wednesday.

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co-boss Baerbock explains, "the country sticks together", this society "grows beyond itself every day, but in the federal government everyone still fights for themselves" or, like the chancellor in education policy, does not declare himself responsible . It could, it shouldn't go on like this, said Baerbock. "We won't get the pandemic under control if we don't really work together."

"Get out of the policy of waiting"

The Greens use the stage to present themselves as a force that brings the big picture to life Look, after all, there are soon general elections and before that some state elections. Union and SPD accuse them of a policy of procrastination and hesitation and approach.

“We now finally have to get out of this policy of waiting,” says Baerbock. “Get out of this policy of appeasement, especially with the children, especially with vaccination and test strategies.” Instead of driving on sight, “it is now really important to act foresight and really take precautions”.

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Governing, according to Baerbock, “does not come from reacting, but from being active: directing, guiding, acting”. And even if, as a child of the 1980s, she admitted “that I was and still am a huge Nena fan: This acting according to the motto 'somewhere, somehow, sometime' is the wrong record.” Behind Germany, she explained , lie an era of missed opportunities. “We cannot be satisfied with that.”

Winfried Kretschmann , first and only Prime Minister of the Greens in Baden-Württemberg, was switched on via video. He, who has to pass a state election in March, warned against a policy of no alternatives. "Good political leadership in the 21st century does not mean standing with your legs apart, speaking power or ruling through," said Kretschmann. "Fortunately, the days of Basta politics are over."

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