An interview with FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing


“The encroachments on fundamental rights must be kept to a minimum and civil liberties must be defended,” says Volker Wissing, 50, FDP General Secretary and Minister of Economics in Rhineland-Palatinate.
Image: Matthias Lüdecke

Shortly before the state elections in Rhineland-Palatinate and Baden-Württemberg, FDP General Secretary Volker Wissing is pushing for the restaurants to be opened, praising the Greens and toying with a traffic light coalition in the federal government.

Mr Wissing, as a minister in Rhineland-Palatinate, you support the corona measures that you criticize as the FDP general secretary in the federal government. What is your stance on Corona now?

Ralph Bollmann

Correspondent for economic policy and deputy head of economics and “Money & More” for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung in Berlin.

Daniel Mohr

Daniel Mohr

Editor in the economy of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung.

If a federal law finds a majority, then we implement it at the state level, we are a rule of law party. Wherever we are more free in state politics, you will find clear FDP handwriting: We have neither curfews nor a ban on accommodation.

If I go to Mainz, am I not allowed to spend the night there?

In Rhineland-Palatinate, we never implemented the nonsensical ban on accommodation last autumn, which also failed in court. Of course there is also a lockdown here – because the number of infections was so high in November. But I already stated at the time that I did not see the risk of infection in the catering trade. But if all neighboring countries close their restaurants, we will have no other choice.

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