Sumary of Merkel’s push for German lockdown reportedly blocked as death toll passes 100,000:
- BERLIN, GERMANY – SEPTEMBER 22: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) speaks with Vice Chancellor and Federal Minister of Finance Olaf Scholz.
- Government officials have been watching rising cases with alarm for weeks now, and the country’s outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel reportedly pushed for a two-week lockdown during a meeting on Tuesday with the country’s incoming coalition government.
- According to the Bild newspaper, the new government alliance of the left-leaning Social Democrats and Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats pushed back against the idea, preferring instead to wait and see whether tighter Covid restrictions announced last week would work to help lower infections.
- While Merkel had proposed a lockdown, to begin on Thursday, which would have seen shops, bars and restaurants close, the idea was rejected by the incoming government who said it would have been interpreted by the public as a “bad political trick” by the old and new government, Bild reported Wednesday.
- Compulsory vaccination(From L to R) Christian Lindner of the German Free Democrats (FDP), Olaf Scholz of the German Social Democrats (SPD and, Annalene Baerbock and Robert Habeck of the Greens Party pose after presenting their mutually-agreed on coalition contract to the media on November 24, 2021 in Berlin, Germany.