Germany's Länder break ranks with Merkel to ease lockdown

Source: Financial Times - View Original Article
Published: May 06, 2020
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96% "In Germany, Ms Merkel has for weeks maintained unity between the regions and the government in Berlin -- no easy task given the country's ..."
95% "and our approach is uniform.""
94% "The Länder need their freedom, he added.""
93% "The government has witnessed the disorganised exit strategies with growing frustration.""
92% "This in an area with the lowest population density in Europe.""
91% "In Spain, Catalonia, Galicia, the Basque country and Madrid have pushed the government to relax its control and give them a say in phasing ..."
90% "All schools will reopen by mid-June. Now is the right time for a cautious reopening, said Markus Söder, the state's prime minister.""
83% "Italy has seen similar tensions.""

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96% : In Germany, Ms Merkel has for weeks maintained unity between the regions and the government in Berlin -- no easy task given the country's highly decentralised federal structure.
95% : and our approach is uniform".
94% : "It's not a uniform approach when just a few days before a meeting between the chancellor, government and regional leaders, decisions are made that send so many different signals," he told German radio on Tuesday.
94% : Meanwhile, the governor of the southern region of Calabria this week flouted those rules by allowing restaurants and bars without outdoor seating to reopen.
94% : The Länder "need their freedom", he added.
93% : The government has witnessed the disorganised exit strategies with growing frustration.
92% : "This in an area with the lowest population density in Europe."
91% : In Spain, Catalonia, Galicia, the Basque country and Madrid have pushed the government to relax its control and give them a say in phasing out the lockdown.
90% : All schools will reopen by mid-June. "Now is the right time for a cautious reopening," said Markus Söder, the state's prime minister.
83% : Italy has seen similar tensions.
81% : Jens Spahn, health minister, said German voters had largely supported the curbs on public life, but only when they were "comprehensible and consistent.
80% : But the return to normality is fast becoming a messy free-for-all. Even before a telephone conference today between central government and regional leaders, aimed at agreeing a co-ordinated exit from lockdown, several Länder have decided to go it alone, relaxing draconian restrictions in defiance of the chancellor and Berlin.
80% : Yet the pressure to emerge from the shutdown is proving irresistible.
75% : When Germany entered its coronavirus shutdown in March, Angela Merkel and the leaders of its 16 federal states moved in lockstep, drawing wide acclaim for their discipline and unity.
71% : "The successes are clear.
71% : Asked about the unilateral moves by some federal states, Steffen Seibert, Ms Merkel's spokesman, insisted this week Germany was still pursuing a "unified strategy . 
71% : North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany's most populous state, warned this week it would open kindergartens even if Ms Merkel and the regional leaders decide today that it is too early to do so. Joachim Stamp, NRW's family minister, criticised the top-down approach of the chancellery, saying the fact that regional leaders had to constantly clear their policies with Ms Merkel "creates the impression that we're at court".
69% : They are also unhappy with government plans to phase out the lockdown province-by-province rather than on a larger scale.
68% : Tensions between central and regional authorities over managing the pandemic are also emerging elsewhere in Europe.
65% : At a video conference on Sunday with Pedro Sánchez, prime minister, regional leaders from the centre-right and the Catalan and Basque nationalist parties expressed deep dissatisfaction with the state of alert -- the extraordinary legal regime underpinning the lockdown that establishes direct rule over the normally devolved regions.
64% : Though Germany has 163,860 confirmed coronavirus cases -- only the US, Spain, Italy, the UK and France have more -- the death rate has been remarkably low.
58% : Winfried Kretschmann, prime minister of Baden-Württemberg, said: "We can't keep together when everyone has already decided in advance what they're going to do."
47% : "I can't explain to people that if they meet at the garden fence they're not allowed to talk to each other," he told German radio.
45% : even if there are some differences of emphasis in the nuances and the details".
40% : Lower Saxony in the north of the country plans to open hotels on May 25.
40% : On the same day, just in time for the Whitsun holiday, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on Germany's Baltic Sea coast intends to lift a six-week ban on domestic tourists entering the state from elsewhere in Germany and staying in hotels there.
38% : In a speech to the Bundestag two weeks ago, she said the country risked "gambling away what we've achieved" by relaxing the shutdown too quickly.
38% : They moved together to impose some of the toughest shutdown measures -- such as school closures -- and dismantled them in tandem, reopening shops across the country late last month and allowing hairdressers to open on Monday after a six-week hiatus.
35% : The number of new daily cases has been steadily falling: last weekend it dropped below 1,000 for the first time in more than six weeks.
33% : Bavaria, one of the regions worst hit by the virus and previously an outspoken advocate of social distancing, announced on Tuesday that restaurants would gradually reopen from May 18 and hotels and campsites from May 30.
33% : Some regional politicians, though, have criticised the lack of unity.
31% : But Ms Merkel has repeatedly warned Germany is treading "on the thinnest of ice".
31% : The Spanish parliament is due to vote on the issue on Wednesday, with the government appearing likely to eke out only a narrow victory.
30% : Her words of caution are increasingly being ignored, however.
24% : Meanwhile the eastern state of Saxony-Anhalt said this week that small gatherings of up to five people would now be permitted even if they were not members of the same household -- loosening the national ban on gatherings of more than two. Reiner Haseloff, the state's prime minister, said the number of Covid-19 cases per 100,000 in Saxony-Anhalt was five times lower than in Bavaria.
23% : As the country prepared to lift some restrictions at the start of this week, Mr Fontana said national rules were not clear enough.
17% : Attilio Fontana, the leader of Lombardy, blamed Rome for not sending enough medical equipment during the outbreak.
7% : The states have been encouraged by signs that the worst of the pandemic may be over.

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