None could of course write a letter to the Chinese head of state and party. For example, Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz (SPD), with a bill of 150 billion euros, payable in fourteen days. This is the amount of the supplementary budget to be adopted in the coming days to deal with the economic and social consequences of the coronavirus pandemic.
There is no doubt about the responsibility of the ruling caste in Beijing for this disastrous situation. In the first few weeks of the outbreak, she had done everything to cover it up and was simply acting irresponsibly. Even after admitting a spreading epidemic, Beijing was more concerned about its international reputation than preventing it from spreading worldwide. Beijing criticized the US government’s entry bans in a drastic manner on February 1 – and found a compliant ally in the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva.
Propaganda ammunition for Beijing
But of course you can also write another letter. In desperation, Stephan Pusch, district administrator of the Heinsberg district, which was hardest hit by the pandemic, did so. He asked the dictator in Beijing for protective materials that his own state government in Düsseldorf could not provide. The Chinese consul general in Düsseldorf had already agreed, Pusch said in Frank Plasberg’s program.
This episode probably says everything about a policy that drives a district administrator to such desperate acts: he asks the people responsible for this catastrophe for help. The Berlin Foreign Office should be interested in the impression that this has to leave in Beijing about the weakness of German and European politics, if foreign policy is still being made there.
“A certain shortage”
After all, the Federal Foreign Minister is not responsible for equipping our health system, but the health ministers in the federal and state governments. In Rhineland-Palatinate is the Sabine Bätzing-Lichtenthäler (SPD). She responded to the plight of the district administrator with phrases from the well-oiled phrase threshing machine. It was “a special situation.” Who would have thought that? In addition, we would have “a certain scarcity” because the “need for protective equipment is really very large”. Such euphemisms from the elementary school of political rhetoric are evidently considered crisis management by the minister.
This matched her reference to dubious offers to buy protective clothing. A desperate housewife could certainly argue if she again does not find toilet paper in the supermarket. Citizens expect an answer from the responsible ministers, namely whether and how the fourth largest industrial nation in the world can produce this demand themselves in the short term.