You’re Just Not Trying Hard Enough!

Lock yourself down harder already!

I dunno, lock yourself in your bathroom while you’re locked down at home or something. Just make it happen, people.

Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday called on Germans to stick to tighter coronavirus restrictions imposed in areas with high infection rates over the weekend, saying the step was needed to break a third wave of infections.

“I am convinced that if we can now manage to reduce infections significantly and quickly, we will be able to relax them step by step in the foreseeable future,” Merkel said.

By 2023 at the latest.

Curfew This!

Has the Empress of Europe noticed yet that the German natives are getting restless about all these COVID-19 restrictions?

I doubt it. Why should she? She’s the Empress of Europe. And she’s already abdicated anyway.

Coronavirus digest: Germans protest curfews in several cities – Demonstrators have taken to the streets in Frankfurt and other cities to protest a recently imposed nighttime curfew.

Find 50 Actors In Hollywood…

Who would mock the coronavirus restrictions put in place by Democrats in the USA. I know, you couldn’t, you wouldn’t and you can’t.

I hate to say it, German actors, but I’m impressed. You will be cancelled now, of course, but I’m proud of you anyway. That and a couple of euros will get you a cup of coffee, I know, but still.

German actors criticized for coronavirus protest videos – Dozens of German actors took part in a campaign mocking coronavirus restrictions in Germany. The federal government recently announced new measures to break the third wave of the pandemic.

More than 50 actors made social media posts under the slogan #allesdichtmachen (close everything).

Liefers wryly thanked media outlets, “who for over a year have been tirelessly responsible and clear-headed in ensuring that the alarm stays exactly where it belongs, at the very, very top.”

German Greens Decide It’s Time To Finally Have A Woman As Chancellor

They’re progressive or something.

And she won’t remove that mask until she gets elected. It heightens the suspense, I’m told.

For the first time in their party’s four-decade history, the German Greens have announced a candidate to run as chancellor.

Equally historic is the central role the Greens will play in September’s general election.

On Monday, the Green Party announced that 40-year-old Annalena Baerbock would be its choice to take over from Angela Merkel after September’s election.

German Of The Day: Den Himmel Auf Erden Haben

That means “having Heaven on Earth” and that’s an idiom that could only come from Germany.

They’ve tried at least two forms of German socialism creating Heaven on Earth already that I know of. They failed miserably at both, of course. But at least they tried, people.

‘Heaven on earth’ and other German expressions – The pandemic has been dominating headlines over the year, but our planet is also begging for attention. To honor Earth Day, here are a few “down-to-earth” idioms from the German language.

Merkel’s Mini-Me Man Maintains Mandate

Although “man” might be a little übertrieben (exaggerated) here.

They toss the manly-man types out on their ears here in Germany. Or Merkel does, I should say. You know, the popular ones? The ones the voters down below actually want? The swamp folk above do whatever she tells them to do. And that’s just what happened here.

Germany’s conservatives threw their weight on Tuesday behind Armin Laschet, a cautious centrist, as their candidate to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor in a September national election instead of his more popular Bavarian rival.

Markus Soeder, leader of Bavaria’s Christian Social Union (CSU), conceded defeat in his week-long battle with Laschet, chairman of the larger Christian Democrats (CDU), to lead their alliance, dubbed ‘the Union’, into the Sept. 26 election.

“The die is cast – Armin Laschet will be the Union’s candidate for chancellor.”

German Of The Day: Impftouristen

That means vaccination tourists.

Being that the German government is incapable of organizing enough COVID-19 vaccinations for its own citizens, a tour operator is now organizing flights to Russia to get vaccinated with Sputnik V there.

Germans head to Russia for Sputnik V jab – As Germany’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign lags, some Germans are going to Russia for the jab. Though Russia’s borders are mostly closed, the Kremlin seems to be permitting vaccine trips to Moscow for noncitizens.

Deutsche Impftouristen in Moskau – Einmal Sputnik V und zurück. In Deutschland müsste Thomas Waller noch Monate auf seine Corona-Impfung warten – in Moskau kann er sich sofort behandeln lassen. Ein Reiseveranstalter organisiert Sputnik-V-Trips für Deutsche.

Wirecard?

Sounds vaguely familiar. Very vaguely. No, come to think of it, never heard of Wirecard.

It was an innocuous question, posed shortly before midnight some nine hours into an exhausting parliamentary hearing into the Wirecard scandal. “Did you ever actually own Wirecard shares?”

MPs will want to know why Merkel lobbied for Wirecard in China when reports about suspected fraud at the company had been in the public domain for months. Scholz will be asked to explain how BaFin, the financial regulator he oversees, not only failed to uncover the Wirecard fraud but went after short-sellers and Financial Times journalists who first highlighted irregularities at the company.

“Mostly COVID-Deniers” Mostly Banned

From expressing their opinions.

If you don’t express the correct opinion in Germany you will be cancelled. No, I don’t mean that old school Germany back in day with the funny mustache. Angela Merkel’s Germany.

German courts ban ‘Querdenker‘ anti-lockdown demos – As thousands of mostly COVID-deniers prepared to rally this weekend, regional courts have ordered the protests in Dresden and Kempten to be canceled.

“In addition to criminal prosecution, demonstrations must be broken up by the police.”