front to replace chancellor Angela Merkel Germany has apologized for a scene in its September election in which she was seen laughing in the background as the country’s president made a statement on devastating floods in West Germany.
Merkel’s center-right candidate Armin Lasquet union The bloc to become Germany’s next leader is also the governor of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia – one of two worst hit by last week’s floods. On Saturday, he accompanied the president to the city of Erfstadt, which was the scene of a dramatic rescue effort after land was in its way. Frank-Walter Steinmeier
While Steinmeier gave a statement to reporters after the visit, Lachette and a group of others stood in the background. In the pictures, he is seen turning to someone else and laughing.
Lars Klingbeel, general secretary of the centre-left social democrats told Sunday’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper that Lachette’s behavior was “decency and lacking in horror”.
“They say that in times of crisis people’s character is visible,” he said.
Lachette explained herself on Twitter on Saturday evening and thanked Steinmeier for her visit.
“The fate of those affected, which we heard about in many conversations, is important to us,” he wrote. “So I’m more sorry for the impression that a conversational situation arises. It was unfair and I’m sorry.”
Union Block currently leads election ahead of environmentalist greens With the Social Democrats in third place. The election is on 26 September.