The chancellor is weak after the withdrawal: Schultz and his ministers assert themselves their creative power

For two days, the entire federal government withdraws to Castle Messburg for a closed conference. In the end, she returned to work with renewed enthusiasm, as cabinet members unanimously attest. Only the consultant is not satisfied – with the assessment of his government work.

In addition to his duties as Deputy Federal Chancellor and Minister of Economic Affairs and Climate Protection, Robert Habeck is also the unofficial reporting representative for traffic light sensitivities. After all, he’s less afraid than any other big politician to talk about feelings. Habeck, after the cabinet’s first meeting of traffic lights at Castle Messburg, also gives the public an insight into the still-new federal government’s enormous workload.

“Five months ago, we got off to a good start as a government fueled by a climate of change,” Habeck said in his opening remarks at the joint closing press conference with Chancellor Olaf Schultz and Finance Minister Christian Lindner. But the Corona pandemic returned with new force, and a few weeks later, war broke out against Ukraine. “No need to talk about it: the atmosphere was not upbeat now, but it is characterized by the highest level of focus.” Chase one of the following decisions. “There wasn’t enough time to freely formulate an idea.” In short, the first months of rule were very stressful.

Against this backdrop, it is understood that it would have been beneficial for us to gather together in peace and quiet for two days. In any case, Habeck, Schulze, and Linder drew strength from the discussions that took place among themselves and with the invited guests – Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson and her Finnish counterpart Sanna Marin, German economists Sebastian Dollian and Michael Hauther. “I don’t want to say that starting agility is back, but I will continue with that dynamic,” Habeck says. The counselor, more committed to avoiding emotional expressions, talks about a very successful retreat. Lindner treats it like Habeck when he said, “We laughed so hard.” Because, according to Lindner, “that’s part of it, even in tough times.”

Reprimanded journalists and the public

The difficulties lie not only in the challenges of war, epidemics and the climate crisis, but also in the internal and public pressure on some serious decisions: from the dispute over the law on protection against infection and compulsory vaccination to the resignation of the Federal Minister for Family Affairs. Anne Spiegel To the controversy over the correct extent of German arms deliveries to Ukraine, the government coalition, initially very enthusiastic about its unity, had to resolve major conflicts. Above all, the criticism of Olaf Scholz, made first and foremost by the opposition and the media, is clearly at odds with the current.

Despite the sunrise and allegedly in the best mood, Schultz repeatedly chided representatives of the media and parts of the public debate during the press conference. When asked by a reporter about disagreements within the coalition over Schulze’s communication and weapons delivery style, Schulz said: “Your observations are incorrect.” He also considers criticism of his refusal to go to Kyiv after Ukraine rejected President Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s invitation to be inappropriate. “I know I agree with almost everyone in Germany,” he downplayed his statements dissenting from the minority view.

When another questioner asked about the possibility of delivering the 2000 Panzerhabetz to the Ukrainian armed forces, Schulz explained that when he spoke about “artillery” earlier, he meant it. “These are howitzers, if I may translate that correctly – devices that fascinate everyone so much now,” he says clearly. The chancellor is clearly not thinking much about the dynamics of the debate in recent weeks. Schulz also berates a question about the possibility of further easing in energy prices: He would have mentioned this himself if anything was to be announced. It’s not as if Schulz’s predecessor, Angela Merkel, enthusiastically answered all the media’s questions, but her accidental refusal was wrapped up in a very charming way.

Select Lindner and Habeck Style

Above all, Habek is the happy officer who contributes to the image of the best atmosphere. He thanks the Ministries of Environment and Justice, which would have enabled his house to prepare the Liquid Gas Planning Acceleration Act so quickly. “No one thought of their administration and their reinsurance with their circles, they just saw the job and helped, otherwise it wouldn’t have worked.” When it comes to recruiting Russian workers, the green politician also evokes this spirit of cooperation.

Christian Lindner also asserts that different points of view should not be an expression of conflict when it comes to the question of the tax demanded by the Greens to weed out the profits of corporations that profit excessively from the war. “As the Chancellor of the Exchequer in charge of tax legislation, I would caution against the idea of ​​a so-called profit tax,” Lindner says calmly, explaining that it is practically impossible to determine such war profits and could easily reach the wrong person. Forming an opposition that would burden a coalition of these differing views would be difficult even for the opposition.

Scholz can be happy for sure

Especially since the meeting at the beautiful Meseberg Castle also served the purpose that the alliance could also see what had been achieved. “We have heard from Mr. Dollian that he has made calculations that these relief packages will, on average, offset about 90 per cent of the additional burden that citizens are carrying due to higher energy prices and higher food prices,” Schulz says happily. The respected economist was amazed at how targeted the government’s decisions were. During their visit on Monday, Scandinavian social democrats Anderson and Marin also praised Germany’s leadership role in dealing with the Ukraine war, the chancellor said.

Schulz is also pleased that the Cabinet has paved the way for the creation of the “Future Center for German Unity and Transformation”, which he has been campaigning for a long time and to which East German municipalities and cities can soon apply. The Documentation Center for World War II and German Occupation Forces in Europe presented by Secretary of State for Culture Claudia Roth is also a done deal. “I think it’s good that this is happening now and at this point in time,” Schultz says, referring to the war in Ukraine. If the entire public is dissatisfied with his government, then at least the chancellor is after this closed conference. Habeck and Leander claim they have nothing to add to this impression.

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