Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Furious row erupts WITHIN Merkel’s government as ‘minister enforces MEAT BAN at functions’

ANGELA Merkel’s government has descended into disarray after the environment minister reportedly banned the consumption of meat at official functions.Barbara Hendricks is said to have imposed her meat-ban after insisting meat is damaging to the environment and vegetarian food should only be served at official events, according to the Telegraph. But a rival minister accused her of “nanny-statism” and trying to force vegetarianism on people “by the back door”.Christian Schmidt, the food minister reportedly said: “I’m not having this Veggie Day through the back door. “I believe in diversity and freedom of choice, not nanny-statism and ideology. Instead of paternalism and ideology. Meat and fish are also part of a balanced diet.” The ban is said to have emerged in an email from a senior civil servant in the environment ministry to department heads. The email reportedly said the ministry has a responsibility to combat the “negative effects of meat consumption” and must “set an example”. According to polls, Merkel is set to be ousted as German Chancellor by former EU chief Martin Schulz.The survey puts Ms Hendricks’ centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) party one point ahead of Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU). The SPD has now gained a record-breaking 12 points since unveiling Mr Schulz as its candidate for the Chancellery last month.Ms Hendricks who has been accused of meddling in citizens’ private lives also faced cries of hypocrisy, after it emerged meat and fish are still available to ministry officials in the staff canteen.In a statement, the environment ministry said: “We’re not tell anyone what they should eat. But we want to set a good example for climate protection, because vegetarian food is more climate-friendly than meat and fish.”
http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/769977/Angela-Merkel-government-meat-ban-official-functions-vegetarian-Schmidt-Hendricks

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