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Merkel Party’s Leader Warns Her Against Seizing Pandemic Control

  • Laschet says Germany should not fight the virus “from above”
  • Bid for chancellery in trouble amid sharp plunge in the polls
Armin Laschet in Berlin, on March 30.
Armin Laschet in Berlin, on March 30.Photographer: Tobias Schwarz/Pool/Getty Images

The leader of Angela Merkel’s party warned her not to seize control of pandemic strategy as he used the kick-off event for his election campaign to differentiate himself from the outgoing German chancellor.

CDU Chairman Armin Laschet said it would be a “misconception” to think that you can “regulate from above who can be vaccinated where, when and how.” “We need more flexibility and trust for people locally,” he said on Tuesday in Berlin at an event to start the debate about his party’s program for the Sept. 26 national vote.