Germany lockdown: Public react to prospect of tighter restrictions
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Angela Merkel is facing increasing pressure from several German states to plunge Germany into a third national lockdown. The proposal comes as the country battles a third wave of coronavirus and hits the 100 cases per 100,000 people mark, a critical milestone which politicians agreed as the point where new restrictions would be brought in. The move would see restrictions in some states extended into April but the response from the public to the proposed measures is mixed.
Speaking to Germany’s DW News, people from across Germany expressed their opinions in response to the prospect of a third national lockdown.
One resident said: “I’m not thrilled because its been going on for a year now.
“At some point you’re really done with it all”
A second added “I’d rather we open and just live, it’s boring”
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Another chimed: “There are many Covid cases now and we have to be careful.”
While a fourth said: “If we keep everything open then infection numbers will go up and that’s a problem.
“But if we close everything that means many businesses will go bust.”
The crisis adds to piling pressure in Germany as covid cases rocket across the continent.
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The looming lockdown pressure and soaring covid cases are the latest events in a crisis engulfing Merkel and her CDU party.
The CDU took heavy defeats in state elections last week losing out to the Greens and Social Democrats in Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate respectively.
The beating comes amid speculation over who will take over from Merkel when she leaves office in September after 16 years.
A poll of 5,080 German undertaken by Civey in the wake of the elections suggested Mr Laschet may struggle in his quest to succeed Mrs Merkel.
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Overall, 73.5 percent of respondents indicated they did not think Mr Laschet was the right candidate to replace Mrs Merkel, with only 14.7 feeling he has what it takes.
Among CDU voters specifically the results were no more encouraging with 72.5 percent feeling he was not the right person, compared with just 16.4 percent who thought he fitted the bill.
Speaking to Express.co.uk on Saturday, German MEP Hans Olaf Henkel who was also the president of the Federation of German Industries (BDI) between 1995 and 2000 said “the main reasons for the sudden dropping of the CDU‘s popularity has a lot to do with Merkel‘s handling of the COVID 19 crisis.”
He added Mrs Merkel was “not only unable to but unwilling to surround herself with competent people” and “in the view of many German voters, Von der Leyen, EU‘s German President and Merkel‘s confident, cocked it all up.”
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