Why did Merkel close Glühwein stands but not schools?

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Get your Merkel-bashing right.

It's no challenge to disagree with Angela Merkel. I have never voted for the CDU, and do not share it's politics. But if we're going to Merkel-bash, better not to flail about like the Merz faction, or the AfD.

"Butter by the fishes", as they say. The Chancellor's stance on schools has been neutral-ish, as she is aware that by law in Germany the lands are largely responsible for implementing policy in this area. To suggest that Merkel or her administration "kept schools open" is at best misleading. To understand what has happened in Germany regarding schools, it's necessary to look at the frankly quite manifold and changing policies of the individual lands. Then one might go on to blame the minister presidents of the various lands, if indeed one was inclined to blame any single person for something as complex as what has happened surrounding Covid19 since March 2020. Merkel's more recent statements actually come down solidly on the side of school closings.

To compare the German Covid19 response to the 2015 refugee embarrassment is shaky enough so as to come close to being a bad faith argument. The breach of the Dublin Accords in 2015 left the German federal government working outside of EU regulations. Much as i may disagree with the Dublin Accords, the fact that the Merkel administration and the governments of the German lands seemed unprepared to handle the 2015 situation, was not incompetence but the fact that the situation was never meant to arise in the first place. No structures were in place to handle even the most basic tasks related to the arrival of even a small number of refugees. (Let us leave Germany's abysmal/non-existent integration strategy of the last ½ century aside for the moment.) At most one could accuse the Merkel administration of having the same misanthropic policy as the rest of the EU as per the Dublin Accords - "refugees not welcome" - one of the primary reasons i have never voted CDU/CSU. But i digress.

What happened 2015 has little similarity to the Covid19 situation. It is not as if Covid19 had been forbidden by law, but happened anyway due to political jockeying within the EU as in the case of the so-called "refugee crisis". For decades it has been deemed likely that a global pandemic like Covid19, or worse might take place. Sadly the political caste, not only in Germany, has largely subscribed to the idea that a for profit, privatized public health-care system was a good way to cut expenses to the public coffer in order to make possible unprecedented tax breaks while at the same time "invigorating" the insurance and financial sectors. Since the Kohl Era, medical staff has been reduced, and stockpiles of medical supplies melted away to cut costs. I suppose one might blame Merkel for not reversing this trend, but since she was elected specifically to continue the policy, what was the likelihood of that?

I'm sorry, Mr. Werner. Topic missed / Assignment failed.

Babewyn 5 days ago

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