The Chancellor and the state premiers of the federal states met on Wednesday for their regular autumn talks. In a video conference, they stressed common ground and adopted important resolutions, including their decision to extend the COVID-19 measures currently in place until 10 January. Other items on the agenda included all-day care at primary school level and steps to tackle right-wing extremism.
Within the framework of Germany’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the virtual Conference of Parliamentary Committees for Union Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union (COSAC) on Monday. Various subjects were discussed, including coronavirus, the multiannual EU budget, Brexit and climate targets.
Although the exponential growth has been halted, the number of new cases is still high. The measures currently in place are thus being extended, and some are being tightened further. Special rules will apply for the Christmas period.
The EU heads of state and government have held a video conference to discuss steps to address the pandemic. They looked at vaccination and at the possibility of expanding the gateway that links national contact tracing and warning apps, like Germany’s Corona-Warn-App. Chancellor Angela Merkel sees many positive indications of European cooperation in the fight against the virus and its consequences.