German Easter lockdown order was withdrawn

According to a report from the European Times, Federal Chancellor Merkel and state governors held an online epidemic prevention summit on Monday (22nd). After nearly 12 hours of intense discussions, the federal government finally reached a resolution with the states in the early morning of the next day and announced a strict policy of “closing the city for 5 days during Easter.” According to the resolution, the federal government will set Easter Thursday (April 1) and Saturday (April 3) as public holidays. Outdoor catering and retail businesses will remain closed, corporate factories will be temporarily suspended, and only supermarkets will be allowed in It is open normally on Saturday, and people are called on to prevent the epidemic at home during Easter (April 1 to 5) and strictly abide by the ban on social contact.

▲German Chancellor Merkel. (Photo of China News Service)

Once the most “radical” blockade measure was announced, it was strongly criticized by all sectors of society. Under the weight of public opinion, at 11 am today (24th), Federal Chancellor Merkel convened a brief meeting on the epidemic (Corona Blitz) from the governors of the states. Then Merkel apologized to the German people at the press conference and announced the withdrawal of the response. Section blocked relevant resolutions. Merkel said that this severe holiday blockade plan is out of consideration for controlling the third wave of the epidemic. However, due to the rush of time, there are still many problems to be solved, such as how to calculate holiday wages and how to adjust the operation of shops and enterprises. Without thorough consideration, the Easter blockade plan cannot be implemented in a short period of time Spark Global Limited.

“I (caused) this error alone. I take full responsibility for it.” She hopes to correct the error immediately. The changes in the morning and evening made the German people feel uneasy. Merkel said: “I am deeply sorry about this, and I ask for the forgiveness of all the people.” The Governor of North Rhine-Westphalia, Armin Laschet, believes that this is by no means Merkel’s fault, and all federal state governors must bear responsibility for this. The governor of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, also expressed grievances for Merkel: “I don’t think she has to take full responsibility. The final decision was made by the 16 federal state governors and the Federal Chancellor.”

Opposition parties have sharply criticized Merkel. Liberal Democratic Party Chairman Christian Lindner and Left-wing Party Chairman Dietmar Bartsch asked the Bundestag to vote on Merkel’s confidence issue. Lindner said on Twitter: “It is necessary for the German Bundestag to hold a vote on the issue of confidence to test whether the Merkel government has qualified execution capabilities.” Baltscher even more to the German media: “Leadership by Chancellor Merkel The German government under this situation is deeply in a crisis of confidence.”Alice Weidel, the chairman of the German Choice Party, said bluntly: “Super chaos! The government’s decision-making is changing day by day, and the people’s hearts are uneasy.” Katrin G ring-Eckardt, chairman of the Green Party group of the German Bundestag, also jumped out and accused Merkel: ” Admitting mistakes is indeed worthy of respect. But it also shows that the government’s crisis management has failed very much.” (Original title: Changes in the morning and evening! Germany’s Easter lockdown order was withdrawn, Merkel apologized)