Merkel: If Federal States Do Not Implement Corona Measures Willingly, Then Badly

Three days before Chancellor Angela Merkel and the leaders of the 16 states would meet again about the lockdown in Germany, that meeting was called off.


The reason is that a quarrel about the corona course to be sailed is escalating considerably. Berlin wants uniform and stricter measures across the country to break the third wave; several federal states are obstructive.

A new meeting on the lockdown, which is valid until at least April 19, makes little sense as long as Berlin and the federal states disagree. That is why the consultation scheduled for Monday has been scrapped.

It is still unclear whether the meeting will be postponed or whether there will be another meeting at all with Merkel and the state leaders, German media report.

The German government will submit a bill next week that requires federal states to take strict measures in regions with more than a hundred new infections per 100,000 inhabitants in a week. The cabinet is already discussing this bill on Tuesday, said deputy government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer during a press conference on Friday morning.

The German parliament and the Federal Council (representing the sixteen federal states) still have to approve this bill, but that can go quickly, according to the spokeswoman.

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