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Internal round – Chancellor Scholz scoffs at Wüst: "Amateur in costume"

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Harsh words for a chancellor? Olaf Scholz is said to have approached the North Rhine-Westphalian Prime Minister Wüst harshly in an internal round. The topic was probably the mandatory vaccination debate.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) has described North Rhine-Westphalia’s Prime Minister Hendrik Wüst (CDU) as an “amateur in prime minister’s costume”. According to information from “Spiegel”, Scholz scoffed at an internal meeting with employees a few days ago about the Christian Democrat’s abilities.

Before that, there had been a dispute between him and Wüst at the Prime Ministers’ Conference about the schedule for compulsory vaccination. At the meeting, Scholz was irritated by Wüst’s insistence and his request to formally demand rapid implementation. According to participants in the round, the chancellor is said to have countered the head of government from Düsseldorf: “You are the chairman of the prime ministers’ conference here.”

“Make a suggestion that works for all 16 countries.” Wüst, who only took over his position as Prime Minister from Armin Laschet at the end of October, has to pass a state election in May.

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