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Merkel Says Germany Needed Decisive Response to Virus Crisis

  • Chancellor defends 130 billion-euro stimulus plan in interview
  • German leader says she does not want to run for office again
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Merkel Lifts Germany With $145 Billion Stimulus Package
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Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany needed to act “courageously and decisively” after her coalition government cobbled together a sweeping 130 billion-euro ($145 billion) economic stimulus package.

“Luckily in the good times we have acted in a way that enables us to do this now,” Merkel told German broadcaster ARD in an interview on Thursday as she defended the government’s unprecedented spending spree to rescue Europe’s largest economy from the destruction wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.