The new coalition of the SPD, the Greens and the FDP is not yet in office.

You have to record that right from the start.

Last week, the so-called traffic light only presented its coalition agreement, in which it says that they want to “dare to make more progress”.

But what a German government wants to do in the future is not of interest on this evening at Anne Will's.

Because: Corona rules.

Germany is in the most dramatic wave of the pandemic to date.

Accordingly, the title of the program is "Without a grace period: Will the traffic light start in the Corona crisis?"

This evening Manuela Schwesig (SPD Prime Minister of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania), Jens Spahn (executive CDU Federal Minister of Health), Annalena Baerbock (party chairman of Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen), Christian Lindner (FDP party chairman) and Melanie should answer that Amann (journalist at Der Spiegel magazine).

It will be a heated discussion in which Jens Spahn makes it clear right from the start what it is about: reduce contacts.

Now neither vaccination nor testing help, said Spahn.

The dynamics of the fourth wave are already too great.

He demands: “Cancel major events, cancel celebrations.

Shut down all public life in certain regions.

2 G Plus consistently throughout the country. "

Spahn refers to the federal states

Spahn is professional enough to anticipate the question of guilt and immediately states: "No Federal Minister of Health could have taken such measures in the past 18 months." Because these are decisions of the federal states. He himself could only advertise for it - which Spahn has always been vehemently doing from his own point of view.

But Anne Will notes that if a wave had built up, there would have been opportunities to intervene earlier. At this point, Spahn drops a questionable sentence, which unfortunately goes down in its scope in this program: As early as August, 2-G measures were discussed. But: “During the election campaign - at least some - did not want to send this signal to the unvaccinated.” Spahn admits afterwards that this was wrong in retrospect. But you have to briefly look at the situation in Germany: people are dying, doctors speak of a "latent triage" - a situation in which they can no longer help all patients, but have to choose who will die. In such a situation, it shouldn't be about voting, but about protecting human life. Spahn adds,at least he learned from it.

Manuela Schwesig does not want to let Jens Spahn's accusation that the blame for the lack of stricter measures lay - in addition to the election campaign - primarily lies with the federal states.

On the contrary, it was Spahn's mistake to let the epidemiological emergency run out, especially on the grounds that there were enough vaccinated people.

In truth, however, far too few people are vaccinated, although they have tried everything in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: vaccinating on the beach, vaccinating during sports, vaccinating with bratwurst.

In addition, all residents were personally written to and asked to be vaccinated.

But it was only with the decisions of the Ampel coalition that there were further vaccinations - mainly due to the new rule: 3 G at the workplace (vaccinated, recovered or tested).

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