World Germany Can Fund Virus Aid Well Into 2021, Merkel Lawmaker Says

11:50  24 november  2020
11:50  24 november  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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Chancellor Angela Merkel ’s government is asking lawmakers to approve a spending plan for next year that Aid to companies struggling to survive amid government-imposed lockdowns would account for This will remain so, with slight modifications,‘’ German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said after a

German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a Europe-wide economic stimulus program to be financed by the Chancellor calls on German lawmakers to greenlight EU spending. Merkel says fast action needed to counter The difficulties of controlling the virus were evident in Germany ’s latest figures.

(Bloomberg) -- Germany can comfortably afford to provide financial aid to businesses affected by coronavirus lockdown restrictions until well into next year, according to a senior lawmaker in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc.

“Of course we can keep going until March, until April,” Carsten Linnemann, a deputy head of Merkel’s CDU/CSU caucus, said Tuesday in an interview with ARD television. “We are a very wealthy country.”

The comments from the conservative politician suggest a willingness to dig deeper into public coffers to protect Europe’s biggest economy from the fallout of the pandemic.

Officials imposed a partial shutdown this month that closed restaurants, gyms and cinemas, while keeping most of the rest of the economy running. With contagion rates still nearly triple a government target, the restrictions are set to be extended until at least Dec. 20.

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Macron and Merkel float 'ambitious' EU virus fund . We say a clear Yes to corona emergency aid , but what we reject is a debt union through the back door. Mrs Merkel , edging towards the end of her final term next year, is looking to legacy and has made clear in recent speeches that she's focused on

Angela Merkel started the year as a lame duck. Her succession plan had collapsed and her party was losing ground to the fringes. But as coronavirus spread across the globe, the German leader stepped up, helping to rescue her legacy in the process.

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To ease the impact on businesses forced to close, the government has already made around 15 billion euros ($17.8 billion) available. Finance Minister Olaf Scholz said over the weekend that support will be needed beyond the end of this month.

The government plans to finance pandemic-related spending by raising more than 160 billion euros in new debt next year, compared with the current target of 96.2 billion euros.

Linnemann said that officials must make sure that tax-payer money is “targeted” at those who need it, including retailers, and that Germany can’t indefinitely continue to ramp up new borrowing.

The number of cases in Germany has tripled since the start of October to more than 900,000, and the amount of people with the disease in intensive care is at record levels.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced tough new measures from Monday, November 2 She said the number of people in intensive care units has doubled in the past 10 days, and that in Compulsory COVID-19 tests on entry into Germany . Anyone entering Germany from a high-risk area

The heads of Germany’s 16 federal states agreed Monday to extend the latest lockdown restrictions, while tightening rules limiting social contact. They will hold talks with Merkel on Wednesday to finalize the measures, which would be rolled over for periods of two weeks if contagion rates remain above the government’s target level.

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Merkel has said the seven-day incidence per 100,000 citizens needs to come down to around 50 before restrictions can be loosened. It edged up to 143 on Monday, from 141 the previous day, according to the latest report from Germany’s public health authority.

The regional leaders agreed to restrict the number of people allowed in private gatherings to five from a maximum of two households.

The goal remains to allow Germans to celebrate Christmas with their families. According to the latest proposals, contact restrictions would be loosened for the Dec. 23 to Jan.1 period, with gatherings of up to 10 people from different households allowed and children up to the age of 14 exempted.

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Angela Merkel has been German Chancellor since 2005. At some point in her long tenure, Merkel went from chancellor of the country to mother of the nation. She is often referred to by supporters and foes alike as "Mutti," a rather old-fashioned word for "mama."

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says her country can afford to take more more debt to help fund an unprecedented economic recovery program for the European Union, because it's in Germany 's own interest to see the bloc thrive. In an interview with six European newspapers released Friday, the

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Zenith popularity for Chancellor Angela Merkel in power for 15 years .
© John Macdougall, AP German Chancellor Angela Merkel participating in the launch of a new series of digital dialogues "The Chancellor in conversation", with young people and their teachers in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, November 12, 2020. More popular than ever, Chancellor Angela Merkel celebrates her 15th year at the helm of Germany on Sunday. His good management of the health crisis has earned him a popularity that many leaders envy him.

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