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In cross-examination: The minister provides no reply to the essential query

Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP)

On Wednesday, Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) needed to clarify herself first earlier than the Education Committee after which earlier than the plenary session.

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Research Minister Bettina Stark-Watzinger (FDP) needed to clarify herself to the Education Committee. She evaded a key level. She obtained help from a stunning quarter.

The minister got here in black. At 11:59 a.m. Bettina Stark-Watzinger entered convention room 3.101 within the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus of the Bundestag. The Education Committee had invited her right here and demanded details about the so-called subsidy scandal.

It is just not obvious that the 56-year-old FDP politician is worried with nothing lower than her political survival today. She confidently solutions the MPs' questions for 3 quarters of an hour – not less than those she solutions. However, she leaves one essential query unanswered, even after repeated requests.

Who is liable for the truth that a listing was drawn up in your ministry of college lecturers who had expressed their solidarity with pro-Palestinian college students in an open letter on May eighth and who additionally obtain funding from the ministry? And for what function was this record drawn up?

On May 8, the minister herself was quoted by the “Bild” newspaper as saying that the open letter had left her “stunned”. Professors and lecturers particularly should “stand on the basis of the Basic Law”.

Did the ministry wish to minimize funding for politically undesirable scientists?

Secretary of State needed to go

This query value the civil servant State Secretary Sabine Döring her job. Stark-Watzinger put her into momentary retirement after the NDR had researched that Döring had commissioned an audit of funding legislation. However, this course of was stopped nearly instantly; Döring later defined in an electronic mail to her workers that she had been misunderstood. She was solely involved with the query of whether or not the open letter's demand that no police deployment on campus was constitutional.

Sabine Döring

Has been positioned into momentary retirement: State Secretary Sabine Döring.

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Stark-Watzinger asserted to the Education Committee that she had nothing to do with the method. “Such an examination contradicts the principles of academic freedom,” she careworn. She solely discovered from the media that such an order had even been given in her ministry. She then sought data and subsequently determined that there was now not a “basis of trust” for additional cooperation with the State Secretary.

The minister claims to have recognized nothing in regards to the record of names

But Stark-Watzinger additionally claims to have recognized nothing in regards to the record of names. sternWhen requested in regards to the existence of this record every week in the past, the ministry remained silent. It has since been confirmed. A specialist division had created it in an effort to be ready for press inquiries, Stark-Watzinger stated to the Education Committee: “This overview was not presented to me and was not passed on to third parties.”

But that isn’t sufficient for the training coverage spokesman of the Union faction, Thomas Jarzombek (CDU). He asks 3 times who commissioned the record. And receives no reply. All she will say is that the record was not commissioned by the administration degree and never by her personally, says Stark-Watzinger. She doesn’t wish to say extra as a result of it’s also “about protecting employees”.

The AfD applauds Stark-Watzinger

From inner paperwork supplied to the stern It is obvious from the paperwork out there that, along with the related division, the press workplace additionally requested on May 10, two days after the open letter was printed, to test which of the signatories obtained donations from the ministry. This was finished “as a matter of routine” so as to have the ability to reply to press inquiries.

And the minister, who publicly opposed the lecturers so clearly, claims to have recognized nothing about this? Left Party MP Nicole Gohlke known as this “unbelievable” within the Education Committee assembly. But Stark-Watzinger sticks to her story.

She is receiving help from the AfD, of all events. The criticism of the open letter was exploited by “a certain interested lobby” in an effort to “live out their own hatred of Jews” underneath the guise of freedom of expression, believes AfD MP Götz Frömming: “It is right to consider what can be done about it.”

“An opinion has no right to approval”

But Stark-Watzinger doesn’t wish to be taken over by the proper. One should differentiate between freedom of opinion and educational freedom. This is just not about “quick applause from one corner”. She stays important of the open letter, which represents an expression of opinion: “An opinion has no right to approval.” But her ministry awards funding based mostly on “scientific excellence”, not on world political beliefs.

The members of the Education Committee should not satisfied by the minister’s statements – aside from these from Watzinger’s personal parliamentary group.

“Many questions remained unanswered today,” complained CDU politician Jarzombek after the assembly. They will proceed to watch the method. For Stark-Watzinger, it turned clear on Wednesday that the struggle for survival is just not over but.

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