Politics is no fun. The traffic light government is currently experiencing this, which – shortly after taking office – was first confronted with another turbo boost in the corona pandemic and then with the surprising war in Ukraine. Since then, you can see tired and often almost desperate faces, every day and every evening on television. One does not envy the politicians. But how many mistakes can you make when you are at the head of a country?
Lauterbach: Not a classic politician, but a typical professor?
“Maischberger. Die Woche” lets the guests talk about Minister of Health Karl Lauterbach. To the astonishment of many, he has just announced that the obligation to isolate will no longer apply in the event of a Covid disease. You rely on personal responsibility. As simple as that? Exactly not. The reversal came promptly. At half past two in the night, the Federal Minister of Health announced his new version on Twitter. “I made a mistake,” admitted Lauterbach quickly. “Can you understand him?” Sandra Maischberger wants to know from former ARD presenter Ulrich Wickert. “No,” Wickert says. He even expected Lauterbach’s resignation afterwards.
Gabor Steingart, journalist and founder of “The Pioneer”, admits: “Karl Lauterbach is not a classic politician.” More of a typical professor. Journalist Steingart admits, however, that he was very surprised at the sudden freedom of movement in Lauterbach’s quarantine rule. “I thought the lateral thinkers had taken over the ministry.” The moderator asks if such a mistake is not unforgivable. Steingart is lenient: “If all politicians who have made a mistake were to resign, we would no longer have politics.”
Ukrainian ambassador continues to accuse Germany: “What the minister says is not true”
The discussion about the Ukraine war and the role of the Germans is also about mistakes. Andriy Melnyk, the Ukrainian ambassador to Germany and a very frequent guest on German talk shows, not only sharply criticized Federal President Steinmeier and pointed out his mistakes as a former foreign minister. In Wednesday’s talk, he claims in relation to possible arms deliveries from Germany: “We don’t have an open dialogue about what we need.” According to moderator Maischberger, SPD Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht explained this differently. Melnyk insists: “What the minister says is not true.” He believes “that one often hears a lot of fairy tales”.
After the atrocities in Bucha, Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov spoke not of his own mistakes, but of a “fake attack” by Ukraine. Marie-Agnes Strack-Zimmermann, defense expert of the FDP, finds this “unbearable”. “I’m completely done with Putin,” says Gregor Gysi, foreign policy spokesman for the left. And of course, according to Gysi, it was a mistake to believe in Putin’s good intentions for so long. However, journalist Gabor Steingart does not think it is expedient to look for the mistakes in the previous government – specifically in Merkel and Steinmeier. They have always relied on dialogue and have been successful with it for a long time.
Steingart: “People in Ukraine give their lives, we only part of our prosperity”
Couldn’t the much-discussed energy embargo against Russia help after all? Ulrich Wickert believes that an oil and gas stop “would not end the war immediately”. But:
“Weapons do it best of all.” Anna Sauerbrey, journalist for “Die Zeit”, says: “You can turn off the money supply. But what do we want with these sanctions?” Gabor Steingart has his answer ready: “What is our chancellor waiting for? He doesn’t draw the sharpest weapon,” says Steingart, namely the energy embargo. “A recession has to be shouldered. The people in Ukraine give their lives, we only part of our prosperity.”