In the nine hours of negotiations on the Corona measures, the nerves of some country leaders were on fire: At the Corona summit with Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU), there were apparently several arguments.
Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer (CDU) protested against loosening from an incidence below 100. He also criticized the rapid test strategy, which was also discussed for a long time. According to the participants, there were still many questions unanswered, such as whether there are enough tests to implement the planned easing. Ultimately, the federal and state governments agreed that citizens could take a free quick test once a week. Students, teachers and educators even have to get an offer for this.
First, after hours of debate, Kretschmer distanced himself from the opening resolutions. For an interim status of the draft resolution as of 9:20 p.m., Kretschmer had this added in a protocol note from Saxony, which can also be found in the final fire. He made his displeasure with the easing and the test strategy clear in writing.
The protocol note says unusually sharply: “The Free State of Saxony does not consider the unconditioned openings decided here to be justifiable in view of the current and foreseeable infection situation and vaccination rate; he is of the opinion that openings must be coupled with a mandatory and functioning test regime. “
At a late hour, Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) apparently rattled together. It was about the planned hardship fund. This is to be built up in addition to the existing federal and state programs and to benefit companies that do not benefit from other aid programs.
Participants reported that Scholz wanted to wave the fund through without changes to the country heads. The countries should give half of it, no ifs or buts. Söder reacted very annoyed to this dictation, apparently saying: “I don’t know what you have been drinking” and: “You are not Chancellor here.” “Bild” also reports on these statements.
One participant commented on the dispute to NewsABC.net: “Yes, several people are slightly annoyed”. Söder himself said at the press conference: “We are not one heart and one soul, but everything is fine again.”