Germany’s finance minister, Olaf Scholz, has described the EU’s vaccine rollout as “really shit” during a recent cabinet meeting.
According to German newspaper Bild, Scholz, of Merkel’s Social Democratic Party, took particular aim at EU Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen, saying that he did not want “this shit” to be repeated. German chancellor Angela Merkel, on the other hand, reportedly defended Von Der Leyen.
Scholz reportedly accused the Commission President of failing to take responsibility for the EU’s catastrophic vaccine supply issues.
As of a week ago, the EU had vaccinated 2.3 out of every 100 citizens, compared to the US’s 7.1% and Brexit Britain’s 11.4%.
German media has been sharply critical of Von der Leyen’s role in the current vaccine rollout, and have indicated that she was less than competent in previous political roles.
Der Spiegel said that when she was appointed as Germany’s family minister in 2005, Von der Leyen made a litany of extremely ambitious and hard-to-implement promises regarding parental leave, before leaving the plan to be implemented by her successor.
Der Spiegel also related a story of how, when Von der Leyen became Minister of Labour and Social Affairs in 2009, “she promised a hot lunch for every child”, but what resulted came from it “was a confusing collection of regulations”. Shortly after she moved to the German Defence Ministry, and according to German media, “the bureau is still trying to clean up the messes” she created while she was there.