From the Document: "The public perception in Germany is that the German Federal Office of Civil Protection and Disaster Assistance (BBK) was sidelined during the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic. An example of that perception is an article in the German news magazine 'Der Spiegel' with the title 'the forgotten office' '(Das vergessene Amt)', published in May 2020. The pandemic is among the most severe challenges with which Germany has been confronted in recent times. One would assume that a national authority responsible for civil protection and disaster assistance would play an important role in managing such a challenge, given that the BBK possesses the relevant expertise. However, organizational limitations hindered it from engaging more actively in pandemic crisis management. [...] In order to be better prepared for the next crisis, societies can learn from the pandemic. Germany and its civil protection system provides a helpful example in this respect."
CSS Analyses in Security Policy, No. 287; Center for Security Studies Analyses in Security Policy, No. 287
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