10 Aug 2022 8:22 pm
Federal Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) “regred” her appearance in Kyiv with a champagne glass in her hand and in a high spirits when journalists showed her the footage on Tuesday. Immediately afterwards she found justifications and that it wasn’t “that bad” at all.
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) seems to have missed the storm of indignation surrounding the cheerful photo of her and her fellow minister Hubertus Heil on a balcony in Kyiv. At least she did in an interview with that Editorial network Germany this week as if she doesn’t know what it’s about. Confronted with the photo, she stated that she regretted it, but in the end found it “not as bad” as the recordings of Armin Laschet laughing during a speech by the Federal President in the Aartal.
The episode captured in photographs took place during the minister’s trip to the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv at the end of July.
Photos and videos showed the SPD politician with her party colleague and Labor Minister Hubertus Heil, Kiev Mayor Vitalij Klitschko and the German Ambassador Anka Feldhusen on the balcony of the ambassador’s residence. The four hold champagne glasses in their hands at the moment of the recording, the two women laughed at the camera.
As a faeser at the “RND on site” series of events editorial network in Germany was confronted with one of these pictures in Potsdam on Tuesday evening, she said that she “regrets” the photo. It was “certainly not appropriate”.
Faeser explained to the RND journalists that the recording was made by saying that “normal everyday life has returned to Kyiv at the moment”:
“People go shopping. There are flowers planted in public space again. People go to bars, they sit in cafés, they go about their work.”
That is “difficult to understand”, but you can see that in the picture, said Faeser:
“In the evening we were invited by the ambassador and by the mayor of Kiev, Vitaly Klitschko, and ended up choosing the same drink as him.”
The interior minister emphasized:
“I wouldn’t do that anymore. Because that expresses something that is inappropriate when you come from another country.”
Faeser rejected a comparison of the photo with the much-discussed picture from last summer, which showed the then Union Chancellor candidate Armin Laschet (CDU) smiling while visiting a German flood area. After all, everyday life prevailed in Kyiv:
“It’s different than if I were in the east of the country with a glass of champagne.”
In addition to Kyiv, Faeser and Heil also visited the war-ravaged city of Irpen. The pictures from the ambassador’s balcony had drawn outraged comments on social media. The Secretary General of the CDU, Mario Czaja, is one of the prominent voices who were critical of it.
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