Many thanks to Hellequin GB for translating this op-ed from PolitikStube:
Merkel goes crazy: Chancellor threatens federal states with disempowerment!
Alice Weidel: Anyone who hoped for something like insight after the Chancellor’s public apology for her amateurish attempt to turn Maundy Thursday into a lockdown holiday has been taught better. Angela Merkel showed a degree of arrogance and narrow-minded stubbornness in her television appearance yesterday, which is remarkable even by her own standards. What did she apologize for if she intends to repeat her mistakes anyway?
Although reality proves otherwise, Merkel claims that neither she, her government, nor the EU did anything wrong. Furthermore, she wants to withhold basic rights from citizens. In order to regain these basic rights as an act of grace, the Germans should get vaccinated. But that is what she delayed for weeks or even months through her own fault. That also means: more company bankruptcies, more educational deficits and a deeper plunge into the crisis.
But all of that is not enough for the Chancellor. According to her will, the minister-presidents [of the German states] should actually tighten the lockdown, the benefits of which they cannot scientifically justify even after a year. “I’ll watch this for now. But not much longer,” she threatened on TV. How long will the citizens watch the goings-on of this regent, who would be better off in the age of absolutism than in our democracy? Democracy needs freedom like the air you breathe. However, we don’t need Merkel.