The controversy is all the more significant as he is responsible for the northern Rhine-Westphalia in the west of the country, one of the two regions most affected by the disaster. Dozens of people perished there.
Ms Merkel was elated during the September 26 Assembly elections during a speech in tribute to Frank-Walter Steinmeier, leader of the Republican Party, the leader of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU).
Located behind the head of state, he is seen in almost 30 seconds of laughing scenes, accompanied by six people. The two were moving in the city of Erbstadt, which was particularly devastated by the floods.
Disgusting : This indestructible video by local TV channel WDR was shared hundreds of times on Twitter on Saturday, provoking the anger of social democratic politicians, conservative partners in Merkel’s coalition government and many Internet users.
I am simply speechless, General Secretary of the Social Democratic Socialist Party Lars Klingpeel said on Twitter.
The question of character, Paradoxically another SPD official Kevin Kohnert said.
Liberal FDP (Opposition) official Michael Thierre ruled as Armin Lacet
Did not live up to the event Comedy
The head of state paid tribute to the victims.
I’m sorry for the thought given a conversation. This is inappropriate, sorry for that.
Residents in the area also shared their anger:
I grew up in Erfstadt […] The behavior of our president (regional, editorial note) is unacceptable and unforgivable , One of them, Olav Washkees, tweeted.
Candidate is not his first controversy during bad weather: Thursday, he did not understand after arresting a journalist using this word
young lady, On the WDR on the regional channel. A term that is considered patriarchal and sexual by many internet users.
In the middle of the election campaign
The Conservative CDU is still at the forefront of voting for the Assembly elections, which will be named after Angela Merkel, who has been in power since 2005.
The Conservatives are 30%, Green Party candidate Annalena Bairbach 20%, and SPD (Social Democratic) candidate Olaf Scholes 15%, according to a poll released by the ZDF channel earlier this week.
Ms. Berbaugh, who was in the lead for the one-time vote two months ago, dropped herself in the election after a series of mistakes.
About 170 people have died in Europe in recent days, including more than 140 in Germany, in the rare floods caused by torrential rains in the west of the continent.