The controversy is all the more significant as he is responsible for North Rhine-Westphalia, west of the country, one of the two worst-affected areas. Dozens of people died here.
The leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU) party, Mrs. Merkel, was cheering in a speech in tribute to Republican President Frank-Walter Steinmeier for the September 26 legislative elections.
Behind the head of state he appears in the smiling footage for almost 30 seconds, accompanied by six people. The two men had gathered in the town of Erfurtstad, which was particularly devastated by the floods.
Disgusting : The video of the immortality of the local television channel WDR was shared hundreds of times on Twitter on Saturday, provoking the outrage of social democratic politicians, conservative partners in Merkel’s coalition government and many Internet users.
I’m just speechless, Social Democratic Party SPD general secretary Lars Klingbeel said on Twitter.
The question of character, Ironically another SPD officer, Kevin Kohnert said.
Liberal FDP (Opposition) official Michael Theor ruled that Armin Laschett
Did not live until this incident Fun
The head of state paid tribute to the victims.
I regret the feedback given by the conversation. This is inappropriate and I’m sorry.
Residents of the area also shared their anger:
I grew up in Erfstad […] The behavior of our president (regional, editorial note) is unacceptable and unforgivable , One of them, tweeted Olav Washkies.
Candidate in bad weather is not his first controversy: On Thursday, he provoked incomprehensible feeling after arresting a journalist using the term
Young woman, On the regional channel WDR. A term that many Internet users consider patriarchal and sexist.
In the middle of the election campaign
The Conservative CDU party is still at the forefront of voting for the legislative elections, which will be named after Angela Merkel’s successor, who has been in power since 2005.
Conservatives are 30%, Greens 20% ahead of Annalena Berbck and SPD (Social Democratic) candidate Olaf Schజ్lz 15%, according to a poll published by the JDS channel earlier this week.
Ms Bearback, who topped the voting intentions two months ago, subsequently dropped out of the election after a series of mistakes.
Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in at least 170 places in Germany and 170 in Europe in recent days due to torrential rains in the west of the continent.