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Merkel Backs Easing With Regions Eager for Return to Normality

  • German chancellor to host state premiers later on Wednesday
  • Business leaders call for a faster reopening of the economy
Berlin Businesses Reopen as Germany's New Virus Cases Near Three-Week Low
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With the main tourist season fast approaching on the Baltic island of Usedom, Rolf Seelige-Steinhoff is itching to reopen his hotels after almost seven weeks of lockdown wiped out more than a quarter of the sales he was expecting this year.

“It almost feels like wartime for us, because our work collapsed under our feet from one day to the next,” said Seelige-Steinhoff, the head of Seetel, a 40-million-euro ($43 million) a year hotel group which is the largest on Usedom.