For someone who has never believed in the saying that talking is silver, silence is gold, Markus Söder has now remained silent for a long time. He did not go to the Junge Union’s Germany Day, accepted the fact that his own Junge Union Bayern struck out the words “our strong draft horse Markus Söder” from an application and refrained from even answering Armin Laschet’s revenge taunts.
But now Markus Söder is back, “Anne Will” is, once again, about Corona – that’s his topic. Who knows whether Söder would even have had the chance to duel for the candidacy for chancellor if he hadn’t been able to present himself as chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference for months together with Chancellor Angela Merkel at all Corona meetings as co-chair of the caution team. In contrast to his rival Armin Laschet, for whom you never really knew whether he was leading the opening team or the Wischi-Waschi team.
There is a lot to suggest that Söder had actually planned a general attack on the Ampel coalitionaries, including their designated Chancellor Olaf Scholz, in “Anne Will”, whom he had previously accused of going underground. But that no longer works after the Greens parliamentary group leader Katrin Göring-Eckhardt explains in detail that the traffic light people would by no means lay their hands on their laps, but on the contrary work on very specific measures that the Bundestag will vote on as soon as possible would be presented. Of course, Göring-Eckhardt does not reveal what these are.
Will’s show is about whether you might need a vaccination in view of the exploding corona numbers. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, President of the World Medical Association, finds the clearest words. He speaks of a “tyranny of the unvaccinated” and demands that it must stop that someone stand up and say that there will be no compulsory vaccination with him and also no lockdown. Incidentally, he was “very much part of the team, be careful with Mr. Söder”, that was “fun sometimes”. Söder, who is connected from Munich and who by no means has his facial expressions under control like Olaf Scholz, looks very pleased at this point.
Söder stalks cautiously when it comes to compulsory vaccination
Söder takes the caution team very literally and carefully stalks the subject of mandatory vaccination. Because before everyone is required to be vaccinated, there is still the option of compulsory vaccination for certain groups, for example in clinics, nursing homes and old people’s homes. The President of the German Nursing Council, Christine Vogler, rejects such a special vaccination requirement, because then a certain professional group would be in the pillory, so to speak. “We want everyone to be vaccinated”. Alena Buyx, the chairman of the German Ethics Council, explains thereupon that there is a “substantial difference” between an obligation for everyone, which is legally presumably “very, very difficult to justify” and an obligation for areas where there is a very special responsibility for others to give.
Montgomery strongly supports this argument and Söder also plays this distinction into the cards. When Anne Will asked whether he was open to compulsory vaccination, he replied: “We should be open to certain professional groups”. Also Göring-Eckhardt would personally consider compulsory vaccination for nursing professions to be a sensible way, which will probably not please her future coalition partner FDP. Because the liberals are currently rejecting everything that somehow sounds like tightening. Let’s see how it will be when they rule and have to take responsibility for the corona management.
Söder, on the other hand, is someone who knows that you have to prepare a terrain first without burning your mouth. For example, by demanding a comprehensive 2-G rule, i.e. only allowing vaccinated and convalescents for large areas of public life. Söder sends the Austrians here. If it really is the case that many people there are now vaccinated because of 2G, that gives him hope.
The fact that Söder does not rush ahead as the first, as he did last year, but prefers to let others do what he himself wants, could have something to do with the fact that his research corona course did not inspire everyone in the CSU either. And that also lost a lot in the Bundestag election. Team be careful.