NAfter a failed appearance by Thuringia’s Prime Minister Bodo Ramelow on the new audio app Clubhouse, the FDP member of the Bundestag Michael Theurer questioned the level of discussion of the federal / state consultations on the corona crisis. “Mr Ramelow’s statements give an idea of the level of discussion in the escalating prime ministerial groups. The fact that this round has de facto shifted a large part of the legislative functions in Germany from the Bundestag and state parliaments to the back room is completely unacceptable, ”said Theurer of the German Press Agency. “The decisions and the discussion about them have to go back to the parliaments,” the deputy chairman of the FDP parliamentary group affirmed a regular demand by the liberals.
The left-wing politician Ramelow had told the relatively new Clubhouse app in a talk format that he played the smartphone game Candy Crush at the hour-long and sometimes interrupted meetings between the Prime Minister and Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU). He also referred to the Chancellor there as “Merkelchen”. Ramelow received a lot of criticism for his chats on Sunday. He apologized in various ways for the statements, particularly clearly for the designation “Merkelchen”.
Criticism from Thuringia’s interior minister
“If it turns out that Bodo Ramelow is playing cell phone games during the Prime Minister’s Conference, then he should check his behavior,” Thuringia’s Interior Minister Georg Maier (SPD) told the editorial network Germany. “The situation is too serious for that.”
FDP politician Theurer asked about the “self-control of some politicians” with a view to the Clubhouse app. “Just as Robert Habeck once uninstalled Twitter because he lacked the discipline for this app, similar questions arise when Philipp Amthor (CDU) or Bodo Ramelow serenades at night,” said Theurer.
Clubhouse is a social media app from the United States that is currently experiencing a hype in Germany. You can use it to participate in roundtables, but there are also closed roundtables. You cannot see yourself in the app because it is an audio format.