Germans In Uniform Again

When it comes to their next lockdown, I mean. Or maybe they aren’t. Hard to say for sure.

Merkel backs ‘short, uniform lockdown’ across Germany – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has thrown her weight behind calls for a “short, uniform lockdown” as the country grapples with a high level of coronavirus cases fueled by the spread of a more contagious variant first detected in Britain

I’ve been very sceptical about anything Angela Merkel attempts these days but if she’s thrown her weight behind this measure then it might just happen.

After A Thorough Analysis…

We have decided that Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine is actually pretty good.

Of course, this is also after we have done everything and we mean everything wrong in trying to provide our citizens with any kind of Covid-19 vaccine at all, ever.

Germany Willing to Consider Russia’s Sputnik Covid-19 Vaccine – Germany would consider buying Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine even if some of its European partners choose not to, according to Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief spokesman.

“We’re still coordinating the details and have already had weeks of talks.”

Tough Talk Is Cheap

But it’s still talk.

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Germany is flailing as the pandemic strikes again, not enough people are vaccinated and state leaders are dragging their feet. Merkel is now threatening to assert federal authority over measures to stem infections. It’s a blunt political instrument, and one rarely used.

Fact is, there’s not much she can do. Germany is a federal state designed to resist just such centralized, federal authority. Wonder why?

Now That Orange Man Is Gone Alles Is Well

Right? Well, not really.

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And it’s because of you, Germany. Not the Orange Man.

The German trade surpluses remain. And remain they will.

The promised German defense spending levels for NATO have still not been met – nor do the Germans have any intention of ever meeting them.

The Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Germany’s going it alone with Russia (going it alone – Alleingänge – is something Germans regularly swear up and down they will never ever do again), will still not be accepted by the United States – or from most of Europe, for that matter.

Dollar signs in German eyes make it overly eager to allow Iran to do anything it wants to continue it’s nuclear program (a country openly calling for the destruction of Israel).

Germany forced the European Union to complete an investment deal with China – Germany’s largest trading partner – without even bothering to consult the incoming American administration. Nor does it share everyone else’s concern about allowing Huawei to provide the German 5G network.

To name just a few.

How did someone once put it?

“The Germans are very, very bad.”

German Of The Day: Kehrtwendung

That means doing an about-face. Although not necessarily while saving face.

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The natives are getting restless. They’re starting to get really pissed off about these ceaseless lockdowns and some are actually daring to raise their voices. German industry and voters are picking up the phones. Elections are approaching. Even Angela Merkel is feeling the heat these days. Hey, it couldn’t have happened to a nicer Empress of Europe.

COVID: Angela Merkel forced to think again on Easter – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s announcement of a U-turn came less than 48 hours after a decision to send the country into a strict five-day lockdown.

We’re Had Lockdown, Lockdown Light, Lockdown 2, Mega-Lockdown…

Now we will try the Radical Lockdown. Or the Mother of All German Lockdowns, if you prefer.

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We’re going to shut down your supermarkets this time too. We’re going to smoke you out, so-to-speak. Are you ready to rebel yet? I mean, come on. How much longer are you going to take this shit from us, people?

Germany imposes strict lockdown over Easter – “We are in a new pandemic” due to the spread of coronavirus variants, Chancellor Angela Merkel has said. German federal and state leaders have agreed on a radical shutdown over the Easter holidays.

“We are in a very, very serious situation.”

Yes, we (as in you) are. Germany has a government that is completely incompetent and the Germans are still doing whatever they are told to do.

Angela Merkel Isn’t Quite Finished With Her Party Yet

Or with her country, for that matter. But it won’t be much longer.

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Merkel’s Conservatives Mired in Scandal and Incompetence…

The Union has been in turmoil ever since it became known that to conservative lawmakers are thought to have enriched themselves with business deals involving medical protective equipment – at a time when workers across the country were fearful of losing their jobs, when the self-employed were facing ruin and when doctors and nurses were risking their health. Political representatives benefitting from a crisis that has gripped the entire country is not a good look…

A majority of the population, though, might be inclined to overlook such missteps if things were actually working. If people had the feeling that the government was doing its job protecting the population from the virus and ably leading the country through the pandemic. But that is not the case.

Die Union rutscht in einer Umfrage um vier Prozentpunkte ab und hat den positiven Effekt der Corona-Krise wieder verspielt. In der Kanzlerfrage läge Laschet hinter Grünen-Politiker Habeck – aber vor einem anderen direkten Konkurrenten.

There Are Consequences?

Even in Merkel’s Germany?

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I doubt it. It just looks that way at first glance. Nothing ever really changes here.

Impatience at a four-month lockdown and a glacial Covid-19 vaccine rollout have begun to eat away at popular support for German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her conservatives months before a general election.

The party suffered a blow on Sunday, recording one of its worst-ever defeats at regional elections in two populous states in Germany’s affluent south, according to preliminary results.

Europe, That’s What Went Wrong

Germany’s COVID management: World wonders what’s gone wrong – A year ago, Germany was effusively praised for its coronavirus response. Nobody would think to do that now. If anything, the international view today is a mixture of astonishment and schadenfreude.

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As reported earlier“Germany is the architect of the European failure because Germany and Merkel were behind pushing for the European process that was a failure from the beginning.”

Europe “ought” to work. But it doesn’t. Then the real world bites back.

Nice Europeans

Come in last.

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Germany should have led the world at handling the pandemic. But experts slam Merkel’s vaccine response as a disaster.

“Germany is the architect of the European failure because Germany and Merkel were behind pushing for the European process that was a failure from the beginning,” Julian Reichelt, the managing editor of Germany’s largest selling tabloid newspaper Bild, told CNN.

“She wanted to make it all about Europe and her being a great European,” he says.