No Easter Shutdown in Berlin

No Easter Shutdown in Berlin

Chancellor Angela Merkel informed the Minister Presidents in the morning that the planned "Corona Easter Rest" would be overturned again due to complicated political and legal issues.

Angela Merkel

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) issues a statement after talks via video conference with the Minister Presidents on.

Dramatic hours in the Corona crisis: A press conference planned for Wednesday (24 March 2021) at 12.30 p.m. by Berlin's head of government Michael Müller (SPD) and other politicians of the red-red-green coalition was cancelled at short notice.
Actually, Müller, Senator of Culture Klaus Lederer (Left) and Senator of Economics Ramona Pop (Greens) wanted to take stock of the government's work so far and give an outlook on the rest of the legislative period half a year before the elections to the House of Representatives. But then, in the morning, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) informed the state premiers that the planned Corona Easter holiday would be cancelled again due to complicated political and legal issues.

Senate reconvenes on Thursday

Numerous new votes, talks and consultations now lie ahead of Müller: On the one hand in his role as chairman of the Conference of Minister Presidents (MPK), on the other as head of the Berlin Senate. For the question is how to proceed and what possible alternative measures the politicians want to take against the pandemic. Therefore, time is short and it is not the right time for the Red-Red-Green Party to present a balance sheet, according to senate circles. The Senate is expected to decide on its further course of action at a special session on Thursday.

Merkel apologises for confusion over Easter Shutdown

After the controversial Easter rest rule was overturned, Chancellor Angela Merkel apologised to the people of Germany. The whole incident had caused additional uncertainty, the CDU politician said in Berlin. "I deeply regret that and for that I ask all citizens for forgiveness." Merkel took full responsibility for this. "This mistake is solely mine," she stressed. The Chancellor explained that too many issues, from continued payment of wages to the situation in shops and businesses, could not have been resolved in the short time available as they should have been.

Source: dpa

| Last edited: Wednesday, 24. March 2021 14:03 Uhr

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