ANGELA Merkel has suffered a heavy defeat in regional elections after voters punished her for Europe’s vaccine fiasco.
Angela Merkel’s party has been trounced in state electionsCredit: AP:Associated Press
The CDU’s Christian Baldauf reacts after the results in Rhineland-PalatinateCredit: AP:Associated Press
The EU’s shambolic vaccine rollout has been hampered by production delays, political infighting and public skepticism over the Astrazeneca jab.
Just per cent per cent of Germans have received their first jab so far, compared to more than 30 per cent of Britons.
In the key prosperous southern state of Baden-Württemberg, where her conservative CDU party has ruled uninterrupted for 58 years, it crumbled to just 23 per cent of the vote.
And in Rhineland-Palatinate, its vote share fall by more than 6 points to just 26 per cent, as the left wing Social Democrats (SPD) won with 34.5 per cent.
A banner reading ‘Merkel Must Go’ at an anti-lockdown rallyCredit: Rex Features
It had been ahead in the state and tying with eventual winners the Greens in Baden-Württemberg just two months ago.
But its vote has evaporated amid anger as Germany’s vaccine rollout has stalled.
Germany’s biggest selling newspaper Bild recently ran a front page with the headline ‘Dear Brits, we envy you!’ as it became clear the UK’s vaccine programme was far ahead of the Europe’s.
CDU MP Kai Whittaker said the results were disappointing telling the BBC: “It’s a bad day for us.
“We cannot deny that there’s a risk that we’re losing touch with the people.”
Germany’s biggest newspaper admits Britain’s successful vaccine rollout is the envy of Europe
Merkel begged Germans to take the AstraZeneca vaccine after scaremongering resulted in a slow take up.
Opinion polls show the CDU from 40 per cent last June, when Germany was being praised for its initial response to the coronavirus pandemic, to about 33 per cent this month.
The party also been hit by a scandal after several politicians have also quit over allegations they received huge commissions for arranging government deals to buy face masks.
In Germany 12,800 new Covid infections were reported on Friday a rise of over 3000 from the previous week,
The country’s infectious disease agency has acknowledged that the country was now in the grip of a third wave of Covid-19.
Intensive care doctors in Germany warned Monday that the country would need to make an “immediate return” to partial lockdown.
The number of cases in the country have been rising for the last few weeks as some restrictions have been lifted.
Earlier this month, Merkel and state leaders agreed to the easing of restrictions along with an “emergency brake” for a lockdown numbers rise above 100 per 100,000 on three consecutive days.
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.