What have you done, Angela? Rival turns on Merkel over mission to ‘Europeanise’ Germany


14-04-21 06:59:00, Angela Merkel: German citizen slams COVID-19 rule ‘chaos’

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And Hans-Olaf Henkel has said her attitude is typified by Germany’s response to the coronavirus pandemic prioritising equality over speed by committing to an EU-wide approach which he further claimed has cost lives. Mr Henkel, who stood down from the European Parliament in 2019, was speaking before the passing today of emergency legislation enabling Mrs Merkel to go over the heads of regional leaders by imposing mandatory lockdowns on states with an infection rate of more than 100 cases per 100,000 people.

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany increased today by 10,810 to 3,022,323, data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases showed.

The reported death toll rose by 294 to 78,746, the tally showed.

Mr Henkel said Mrs Merkel’s attempt to impose her will on the states was controversial, because Germany’s constitution, or Grundgesetz, is specifically intended to avoid too much centralisation of power.

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Angela Merkel is pushing for more “europeanisation”, said Mr Henkel (Image: GETTY)

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Hans-Olaf Henkel stood down from the European Parliament in 2019 (Image: GETTY)

It gives the regions, or laender, significant powers, at the insistence of the Allied Powers who oversaw the development of the Grundgesetz in 1948, who wanted to make sure there could be no repetition of the centralisation which led to the rise of the Nazis, and that there would instead always be a system of checks and balance in the German political system.

He told Express.co.uk: “Over the decades this principle had been under increasing attack.

“Especially Chancellor Merkel, but not only her, had abdicated more and more national responsibilities from Berlin to Brussels.”

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Angela Merkel speaks to cabinet ministers yesterday (Image: GETTY)

The Deutsche Mark had been swapped for “one-size-fits-all“ euro which had turned out to fit nobody,

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