Merkel facing the Länder sling

To stem the rampant spread of Covid-19 in Germany, the Chancellor would like to act quickly and strongly. But it comes up against regional leaders who are more rebellious than ever.

“All against Merkel”, title The world. The meeting between the Chancellor and the leaders of the Länder, Monday, November 16, was to take stock of the mid-term of the partial confinement decreed by mutual agreement for the entire month of November.

But it also included new proposals from the Chancellor, who said to herself “Sometimes impatient” to counter the galloping spread of the virus as quickly as possible. According to official figures from the institute RKI, Germany recorded that same day a sharp increase in infections (more than 10,800) and in the number of patients in intensive care (nearly 3,500, compared to only around 650 a month earlier) and a very high incidence (143 per 100,000 inhabitants).

Lack of consensus

After several hours of discussion, “The big question that arose at the start – how to continue the fight against the rampant spread of the virus? – remained open ”, relates the conservative Berlin daily. The debates revealed fundamental dissensions: unlike the Chancellor, the regional minister-presidents are not ready to change direction before the end of November.

Being of the opinion that “Every day counts [et que] procrastination ultimately costs more ”, the chancellor proposed to restrict social contacts as much as possible: meeting with a maximum of two people from another household, renouncing any private party between now and Christmas, only one external contact per child, quarantine for anyone showing signs feverish …

“A colossal mistake”

It was an end of inadmissibility: rather than imposing a hardening, the regions prefer to opt for recommendations. They are particularly opposed to the strengthening of measures applied to children and adolescents, in schools and during leisure time, remember The world. The daily analyzes :

The colossal policy mistake is to have expected from minimum measures a maximum effect. Taking into account not the epidemiological needs, but the acceptance of the measures by the population. It comes back to them like a boomerang.

To find a consensus and break the deadlock, the Chancellery and the Länder met on 25 November.


“Le Monde”, flagship of the Springer editions, is a kind of Figaro in German. Very complete in the economic field, it is also read for its pages on tourism and real estate. In particular with its analysis section,


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