Merkel ends the Easter holidays and apologizes | Free press


Berlin (dpa) – After the controversial Easter rest arrangement was overturned, Chancellor Angela Merkel apologized to the citizens. The whole process created additional uncertainty, the CDU politician in Berlin said.

“I deeply regret that, and for that I ask all citizens for forgiveness.” After massive criticism and confusion over the planned Corona Easter holiday, Merkel had overturned the ordinance from the latest federal resolutions.

Merkel was quoted by participants in a switch conference with the prime minister that was convened at short notice. “The mistake is my fault,” Merkel said accordingly. In the morning she decided not to initiate the regulations surrounding the Easter rest, but to stop.

The Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, also confirmed this. Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of the federal states had decided to “withdraw and not implement” their decision early Tuesday morning, the Green politician said in the Stuttgart parliament on Wednesday. “I would like to pay my respects to the Chancellor for this initiative.”

The reason for the decision was that too many follow-up problems would have arisen if one had declared – as decided – that Maundy Thursday and Holy Saturday were days of rest. Efforts and benefits are not in good relationship, Merkel was quoted by participants in the totally surprising round with the heads of state.

According to reports, the Prime Ministers expressed respect for the Chancellor and emphasized shared responsibility. Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Söder (CSU) said, according to participants: “I personally respect the Chancellor’s statement. Ultimately, it’s better to clean it up now if it’s not legally possible. Ultimately, the procedures are “also part of the problem.”

According to participants, NRW Prime Minister Armin Laschet (CDU) expressed his “great respect” for the fact that the chancellor wanted to take responsibility for the procedure, which was unique in the corona pandemic. But: “We have to take it all on ourselves. We supported this path and did not contradict it. “It is right and imperative that politically justified criticisms from practice and corrects wrong decisions. take back time.

Several participants said Merkel would not resign. Merkel wanted to speak in a press conference at 12:30 pm. She also wanted to answer questions from MPs in the government poll in the Bundestag in the early afternoon. However, this date has long been set.

After the resolutions of the Bund-Laender Roundtable, dissatisfaction arose mainly from the fact that, despite nearly twelve hours of deliberation, the implementation of the main points was still open. It was intended that the rest days on Thursdays and Saturdays would be comparable to Sundays or public holidays. On Maundy Thursday all economic life should be able to rest, on Holy Saturday only the food trade should be able to open in a narrow sense.

It was initially unclear whether an alternative arrangement should be introduced to control the increasing number of new corona infections. First of all, it was not considered to convene a new federal state round in the short term, the Dpa discovered. The corresponding point on Easter rest – Item 4 – of early Tuesday morning resolutions will not be implemented. Nevertheless, it is correct to limit contacts at Easter as much as possible. It is clear to all that further action is needed in the fight against the pandemic, the group said.