World Germany's Merkel warns that coronavirus pandemic is not yet over
Merkel calls for extraordinary German solidarity with EU peers
Merkel calls for extraordinary German solidarity with EU peersIn an interview with the Sueddeutsche Zeitung and five other European newspapers, Merkel called the pandemic a "challenge of unprecedented dimensions" and urged EU members to maintain their internal market "and to present a united front in the world".
BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Europe was facing the toughest situation in its history and warned the coronavirus pandemic that has wreaked havoc on the economy has not yet disappeared.
"We see every day that the virus is not gone," she said in a joint press conference with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday, adding that the pandemic was testing Europe's ability to stick together.
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Merkel says the coronavirus pandemic has exposed leaders who rely on 'fact-denying populism' .
'We are seeing at the moment that the pandemic can't be fought with lies and disinformation, and neither can it be with hatred and agitation.'"We are seeing at the moment that the pandemic can't be fought with lies and disinformation, and neither can it be with hatred and agitation," Merkel told the European Parliament on Thursday, according to French news agency France24.