At a UN video conference, Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on the international community to demonstrate solidarity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. In view of the global challenges, we must now pool all forces in order to master the pandemic and its consequences.
On 1 July, Germany will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union. "Together for Europe’s recovery" is the motto of the Presidency, presented today by federal government spokesperson Steffen Seibert. The logo shows a Möbius strip – a symbol of unity and connectedness.
The COVID-19 pandemic was the overriding issue on the agenda when Chancellor Angela Merkel met with the state premiers of the eastern länder or federal states. It is right for everyone to work within the framework of their responsibilities, said Angela Merkel. It is, however, still important for the German government that "we have an agreement on fundamental issues".
The paper listing the most important measures taken to date by the German government and the German Bundestag to contain the pandemic is 22 pages long. The swift and smooth cooperation is unique in post-war German history. Here is an overview.