Opposition insists on parliamentary participation in measures

Bundestag, over dts
Bundestag, over dts
The parliamentary groups of the Greens, FDP and Left insist on greater participation by Parliament in decisions on measures to combat the corona pandemic.

“Extensive debates, speeches and counter-speeches and the weighing of alternatives are part of the essence of our democracy. This is particularly important in times of crisis and when major decisions are made, "said Britta Haßelmann, parliamentary director of the Green parliamentary group, the" editorial network Germany "(Tuesday editions).

"The Bundestag must therefore be involved in the issuing of statutory instruments, that is: the Bundestag must have a reservation of consent," demanded Haßelmann. She criticized the influence of the Prime Minister's Conference, which had grown during the crisis. “With all the appreciation for prime ministers, a prime ministerial conference does not replace the Bundestag, which meets in public, nor the state parliaments and the Bundesrat,” said Haßelmann. For far too long, the Union and the SPD have resigned themselves to the fact that the Prime Minister's Conference in the Federal Chancellery would have such weight. Marco Buschmann, Parliamentary Managing Director of the FDP, also called for more parliamentary participation. "The emergency powers that the Bundestag has granted to the federal government should be withdrawn," said Buschmann to the RND. It is now known how to fight the virus. “Emergency as a permanent state, on the other hand, undermines the principle of the separation of powers and other constitutional principles. The same applies to the federal government's secret diplomacy with the Prime Minister, ”complained Buschmann. Instead, transparent deliberations should take place in parliaments. "This would have spared us a number of illegal measures," said the Liberal. Amira Mohamed Ali, group leader of the Left, also criticized the extensive influence of the executive branch. "It is problematic if, in the long run, during the corona crisis, only the government representatives from the federal and state levels make decisions in a partially non-transparent procedure that affect almost all German citizens directly or indirectly," she told the RND. "It is even less helpful if an opaque patchwork quilt emerges, which sometimes contains regulations that are difficult to understand." Mohamed Ali recalled the temporary special powers granted to Health Minister Jens Spahn (CDU). "The government should not start a debate about an extension of the special powers, but rather present concrete plans for hospitals, old people's and nursing homes, schools and health authorities in order to prepare them as best as possible for a further increase in the number of infections," demanded the left politician.