Federal Council of Germany Unanimously Approves New Corona Law
The Federal Council in Germany, the upper house of the parliament, has unanimously approved a new law that lays the legal basis for the corona measures in the country. However, the conservative CDU/CSU bloc threatened to block the bill’s approval on Thursday.
The Christian Democrats of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel dominate the Federal Council, representing the state governments. They strongly criticized the law in the lower house of parliament on Thursday before it was passed. The legislation would not go far enough, but a compromise has now been reached. The law must be evaluated within three weeks and amended if necessary.
With the current emergency law for corona measures, which expires on Thursday, the closure of, for example, shops, schools and restaurants can be ordered. This possibility is not reflected in the new law. However, the corona pass can be introduced at workplaces and in public transport, which means that people must be vaccinated, cured or tested.
The law is the first of Germany’s presumed new government. Coalition talks between the centre-left SPD, climate party Greens and the liberal FDP are advanced. They want to present their coalition agreement next week.