In Germany, the government plans for nationwide mandatory vaccination have become one of the most sensitive political issues in the country and the pressure is growing on the coalition to explain how it intends to put it into effect.
While most parties on the right and left support such a step.
The three parties in the governing coalition have suggested that proposals from individuals or groups of parliamentarians – rather than a single draft law agreed on by the Cabinet – is the best way forward. According to this model, there would then be a free vote in the Bundestag parliament.
The opposition conservatives have criticized this approach, and are calling on the government to create a draft of its own, in the knowledge that consensus between the left-wingers and the liberals in the coalition may be hard to come by.
A senior member of the conservative bloc in parliament Thorsten Frei, on Tuesday, said the Christian Democrats (CDU) and their allied Christian Social Union (CSU) would not be putting forward a draft proposal in their own right, and put the ball firmly in the coalition’s court.
He said that if the government believes that compulsory vaccination is a way to get us out of the pandemic, they have to put forward a legislative proposal to that effect.
A health expert from the Greens – the second-largest party in Germany’s centre-left coalition – hit back on Tuesday, saying that the CDU/CSU was playing politics.