Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) once again described the restriction of fundamental rights in the Corona crisis as an “imposition” for democracy – but still defended the measures. Merkel said in their weekly constitutional day podcast on May 23rdthat she can understand citizens’ concerns about the limitations in the pandemic. The government is not making it easy with restrictions on fundamental rights.
“This virus is an imposition for our democracy. That is why we naturally do not make it easy for ourselves with the restrictions on fundamental rights and that is why they should be as short as possible. But they were necessary, and we have always justified this because we feel responsible for the dignity of people, as stated in Article 1 of our Basic Law. ”
This includes preventing the health system from being overwhelmed, luckily this has also been achieved, said Merkel. “But of course we now have to justify why we are not lifting something yet and why we can already loosen something. And of course we always have to weigh up the proportionality of measures against each other in this way. ”Therefore, she is glad that the current infection situation makes it possible to allow and do many things again that were restricted for a few weeks.
Merkel: “Time to stand together in Europe”
In her own words, Merkel also sees the Corona crisis as committed to the goal already laid down by the mothers and fathers of the Basic Law to “serve the peace of the world in a united Europe”. All EU Member States are affected by the pandemic, many more severely than Germany. It is now “time to stand together in Europe and to show that we want to stay strong together”.
Accordingly, joint European aid programs and the German EU Council Presidency would have to be designed from July 1, Merkel said. “We will see to it that Europe emerges from this crisis in such a way that it can continue to fight for peace and prosperity together.”
The corona pandemic presents society with special challenges, perhaps the greatest in 71 years. It is all the more important to respect the principles of the Basic Law. On May 23, 1949, the Basic Law was passed.
Demonstrations against state restrictions to curb the corona pandemic were planned again in numerous German cities on Saturday. Already over the past weekends, thousands of people across Germany had demonstrated against corona policy and interference with fundamental rights. But there were also counter-protests that were directed against conspiracy theorists or against “right-wing agitation”.