The German Family Minister Anne Spiegel (Greens) has announced her resignation. “Due to political pressure, I decided today to make the position of Federal Family Minister available,” she said in a statement on Monday. “I am doing this to avert damage to the Office which faces major political challenges.” She thanks everyone who would have supported her in solidarity.
On Sunday evening, Spiegel had apologized for her behavior as Rhineland-Palatinate Environment Minister during the 2021 flood disaster. She was responsible for civil protection at the time, but had left on a four-week family vacation shortly after the flood.
In a public statement, the Green politician gave family reasons as the reason for the holiday ten days after the devastating flood. “It was a mistake that we went on vacation for so long and that we went on vacation. I apologize for this mistake,” said Spiegel.