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.
"It is up to us. We are not powerless," declared Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday in the German Bundestag. Every one of us can help us all get through this difficult time, she said. In a government statement, she explained the measures adopted by the federal and state governments to address the pandemic. She said she hopes that, over the festive season, everybody in Germany will pull together and be there for one another.
The summit as a video conference – Chancellor Angela Merkel and Federal Finance Minister Olaf Scholz attended the online G20 summit at the weekend. The spotlight was on how to master the COVID-19 pandemic, but climate action, conservation and sustainability also figured high on the agenda. Here is a round-up of the most important points discussed.
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.