Germany is moving towards an election arguing over a COVID-19 vaccination strategy in the EU

Perhaps most interesting for the observers is that the main participants in the heated debate are the potential successors of Merkel, who will leave the post of chancellor after the September elections.

The Bavarian leader Markus Söder and the Minister of Health Jens Spahn speak a lot, both of whom represent the right. Meanwhile, Olaf Scholz, the finance minister and vice-chancellor, has become the voice of the Social Democrats.

Some EU officials and diplomats say the European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, is succumbing to pressure from Berlin and making the wrong decisions. Brussels also believes that German politicians are reaping the benefits of a Community attack.

“Scanpix” / AP nuotr./Ursula von der Leyen

Did not restrain in the face of pressure

Under pressure from Berlin and some other EU capitals in particular, Mr der Leyen angrily announced at the end of January that the Community would control exports of coronavirus vaccines.

This was in response to a report by the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca that significantly less than planned would be delivered to the vaccine bloc countries.

In the event of a storm – after all, the European Commission has always defended the principles of the free market – Mr van der Leyen had to reverse the decision in less than a day. It has damaged both its own reputation and that of the Commission, especially as London was the main winner, not the EU, when the Brexit agreement was involved in the conflict.

ZUMA Press / Scanpix nuotr./'AstraZeneca “vaccina”

ZUMA Press / Scanpix nuotr./’AstraZeneca “vaccina”

“Berlin was putting pressure,” said Michael Link, former German Minister for European Affairs. – It seems to me that in the face of such pressure, von der Leyen has lost the ability to understand what is good for Europe. She made a fatal mistake that needed to be avoided. ”

Beaune: There is too much criticism of the EU. This is due to the strong national dimension – it is always easier to criticize at European level.

The importance of public opinion in Germany for Mr von der Leyen has been demonstrated by the days of the biggest debate on potential export restrictions. The EC president gave the interview to the German media in particular, and EU diplomat Politico said: “It is clear that the toxic debate in Germany has contributed to the fiasco over Ireland.”

“It also shows that there is too much criticism of the EU. This is due to the strong national dimension – it is always easier to criticize at European level.

In addition, elections are waiting for Germany, and von der Leyen came to Brussels from German politics, “said Clement Beaune, the French Minister for European Affairs.

The Commission shook the accusations

And yet why worry in Berlin? Some commentators believe that it hurts Germany, which is proud of its efficiency, to lag behind the UK and other countries in vaccinating the population – especially knowing that Germans were widely praised for coping with the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

“There is widespread disappointment that we do not yet have large doses of vaccines, even though they are made here at home,” said economist Guntram Wolff. – People just see that you can do better. And they are disappointed. ”

Perhaps the most active criticism of the Community is the coalition parties, the Christian Social Union and the Social Democrats in Bavaria, which are close to the Christian Democratic Union.

Bavarian leader Söder, for example, says EU decisions are “disappointing” and “accompanied by many misjudgments”.

Photo by Scanpix / Bavarian Land Manager Markus Söder with FFP2 respirator

Photo by Scanpix / Bavarian Land Manager Markus Söder with FFP2 respirator

Minister of Finance, Social Democrat O. Scholz, accuses Brussels of setting the wrong priorities: “If the Commission had asked for more resources, we would have transferred more funds to the EU.”

However, the Commission assures that the money would not have solved the problems associated with the stagnant process of vaccine production. There are also allegations that negotiations with pharmacists have taken too long – understand, it is worth agreeing that vaccine manufacturers should take responsibility in the event of problems.

Merkel, U. von der Leyen and Health Minister Jens Spahn belong to the Union of Christian Democrats.

Finally, it is argued that the European Medicines Agency takes longer to approve vaccines because it checks their effectiveness more closely.

On the other hand, O.Scholz and other German socdems are well aware that they have a chance to attack krikdems. It is they who are most closely associated with the EU’s vaccination strategy for the country’s voters – Merkel, U. von der Leyen and health minister Jens Spahn belong to the Union of Christian Democrats.

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AFP / “Scanpix” nuotr./Angela Merkel

Is the real storm still waiting?

Officially, the crickets have not yet selected a party candidate for chancellor. This means that conservatives, especially seen as potential leaders of this political wing, have an interest in talking about a “vaccination disaster” in Germany.

In particular, Bavarian Söder is likely to see Spahn as a competitor, and as this minister has personally contributed to the EU’s vaccination strategy, he would like to push accusations against him.

Spahn himself assures that last summer he tried to be as active as possible – to form an alliance for the purchase of vaccines with France, Italy and the Netherlands. He later called on the EU to buy more expensive Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines.

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„Scanpix” / AP nuotr./Jensas Spahnas

Brussels is also being attacked by the most popular German newspaper, Bild. It announces almost daily that Cypriot EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides is doing poorly and allegedly on holiday last year, despite the need to take care of Europe’s vaccine supply.

In particular, Bavarian Söder is likely to see Spahn as a competitor, and as this minister has personally contributed to the EU’s vaccination strategy, he would like to push accusations against him.

The tabloid even sent a team to Nicosia, which is there guarding S.Kyriakides’ home.

One EU diplomat, Politico, said he believed Brussels would receive an even fiercer attack from Germany in the coming months – the election campaign was only gaining momentum.

“Right now, the main hope is that the tension will calm down and that we will get a lot of vaccines in the coming years. The pandemic situation must also improve. But if there is no decrease in bread on the way, the election campaign in Germany will be painful for Brussels, “the diplomat said.

Good knowledge already exists. Pfizer and BioNTech announced on Wednesday that they had finally agreed to deliver an additional € 200 million to the EU. your doses of COVID-19 vaccine.


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