The fact that the vote on the general compulsory vaccination in the Bundestag will lead to a “pacification” of a heated mood, as Olaf Scholz expects, can be seriously doubted.
Scholz thus defended his decision in the Bundestag not to fix the government factions on his pro-duty standpoint, ie to "approve" the vote.
Whether with or without parliamentary group discipline: There will be no majority against, but also no excessive majority in favor of the general vaccination requirement.
Strictly speaking, we do not even know which (limited?) Vaccination requirement will result.
By trying to keep the government out of parliamentary decision-making, Scholz created a mess.
In his first question time in the Bundestag, he was rightly asked why the general compulsory vaccination should be a question of conscience, but not the job-related one, which was decided before Christmas.
The result is that group proposals now have to be formulated, which takes more time than if at least parts of the coalition and the Union parliamentary group had agreed in advance.
It is to be hoped that this understanding will still exist after all, but a lot of time has passed without anyone knowing who feels responsible for this undoubtedly important question.
The real reason for this is neither questions of conscience nor orientation difficulties.
Scholz simply doesn't have a majority of his own on the matter.
The FDP ran off the flag.
Christian Lindner made no move to close the ranks in the sense of Scholz.
After all, he is already pulling the chestnuts out of the fire for the Chancellor with the supplementary budget.
If Scholz had submitted his own draft law, his weakness would have been demonstrated to him.
Perhaps he even hoped that if the pandemic progressed favorably, the matter would be completely settled in time.
This may pacify the coalition.