German Chancellor Angela Merkel showed “cautious optimism” regarding the evolution of the pandemic in the European Union and added that she would criticize this Thursday in Brussels countries that do not restrict the arrival of passengers from risk areas.
On Tuesday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel criticized the lack of common rules in the European Union regarding travel, giving as an example the situation of increased contagion in Portugal, which “could have been avoided”.
“What I regret is that we have not yet been able to achieve uniform behavior among Member States in terms of travel restrictions, this is a step backwards.” said the official, at a press conference on Tuesday.
Today at the Bundestag, Merkel said that at the European summit starting this afternoon in Brussels she will reiterate her criticisms of the decision of some European partners not to restrict the entry of people from countries considered at risk due to the spread of variants.
On the health crisis, Angela Merkel also said that the “incidence is clearly declining” across the European Union while the number of people immunized increases, which gives “reasons of confidence”.
Even so, given the appearance of new variants, especially the Delta mutation initially detected in India, he recalled that it is necessary for countries to remain “alert”.
Coordination in the European Union on the fight against the pandemic has improved since the beginning of the year, but it should be even stronger, according to the German chancellor, who said that it was necessary to learn from the events so that future challenges could be faced.
Merkel also reiterated Berlin’s position against the temporary suspension of patents on vaccines against covid-19.
“I believe that withdrawing patents is following a wrong path”, he stated.
On the other hand, he applauded the “extraordinary response” of the European Union to the economic crisis caused by the pandemic because the European bloc demonstrated “solidarity and capacity for action”.
Even so, he recalled that the recovery plan’s funds “are not just for investments” but also for reforming and investing in ecological transformation and digitization, preparing the 27 countries for the future and for competitiveness.