The president of the PSD accused the Government of making Portugal “go through an unnecessary shame”, considering that after the “vexatious disregard” of the United Kingdom, the Portuguese have to “hear the just indignation of the German chancellor”.
The publication of social democrat leader Rui Rio on Twitter comes after German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized today the lack of common rules in the European Union regarding travel, giving as an example the situation of increased contagion in Portugal, that in his view “could have been avoided”.
It was not enough that we were treated with vexatious disregard by the United Kingdom, to whom we pay football allegiance, and we still have to hear the German Chancellor’s righteous indignation”, he stated.
From the perspective of Rui Rio, the PS Government led by António Costa is making Portugal “undergo an unnecessary shame”.
Today, in Berlin, in statements to the press, made together with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, regarding the approval of the German Recovery and Resilience Plan, the German Chancellor said that she regretted that she had not been able to “to achieve uniform behavior among Member States in terms of travel restrictions”, which he considered to be “a step backwards”.
We now have a situation in Portugal that could perhaps have been avoided”, he exemplified.
“And that’s why we have to work even harder” in the area of coordination, stressed Angela Merkel, referring in particular to the permission given by Portugal, who currently chairs the EU Council, for the entry of tourists – such as the British.
In turn, other countries such as Germany and France have imposed restrictions on travel from the UK due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant (detected in India) of SARS-CoV-2.
“We’ve made pretty good progress in recent months [no que toca à pandemia], but we are still not where I would like the EU to be”, said Angela Merkel.
These statements were made days before European leaders met at a European summit in Brussels and at a time when Portugal registers daily numbers of infections that only compare with February levels.