Several heads of government reject NRW’s push for a new MPK

BERLIN (dpa-AFX) – Several prime ministers reject the advance from North Rhine-Westphalia for a new conference of the states with the federal government because of Corona. Schleswig-Holstein’s head of government Daniel Günther (CDU) told the editorial network Germany (RND / Wednesday): “From a Schleswig-Holstein perspective, I see no need for a federal-state meeting.” The countries have all the necessary instruments in the fight against Corona.

The chairman of the Prime Minister’s Conference (MPK), Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) from North Rhine-Westphalia, told the German Press Agency on Tuesday that a meeting next week was appropriate. The increase in infection requires “vigilance and decisive action by everyone in the vaccination strategy”.

But Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow (left) also rejected the move. “I don’t need a Prime Minister’s Conference because the last one in Bonn made a clear decision,” he told the editorial network in Germany. Based on this, the Federal Ministry of Health should make a comprehensive recommendation by Wednesday and also go to the traffic light negotiators – these are the SPD, Greens and FDP – and the Union. In addition, it is necessary to wait for the health ministers’ conference that will take place on Thursday and Friday.

Berlin’s Governing Mayor Michael Müller (SPD) was surprised at the proposal from North Rhine-Westphalia. For an MPK, it must be clear what exactly you want to talk about. “About the booster vaccinations? Any country can organize that, in Berlin we are already well on the way here.”

Ramelow criticized in the newspapers of the Funke media group (Wednesday) the demand of the managing health minister Jens Spahn (CDU) to reopen the vaccination centers. “We closed our large vaccination centers in Gera and Erfurt after we were clearly told that we could not expect long-term funding,” he said. “What Mr. Spahn does is accelerate and brake at short intervals. That is bad.” / Bg / DP / zb

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