By Monika Müller-Kroll, Sylvia Cunningham and Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson
Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition wants to prevent mass layoffs caused by the coronavirus health crisis. Measures include making it easier for companies that suffer financial loss to receive federal money to pay their employees.
The new bill is expected to pass as early as tomorrow. But public events and business conventions are continuing to be cancelled at an alarming rate. That’s something German Health Minister Jens Spahn said is necessary.
Spahn told reporters that individuals need to avoid crowds when possible and ask themselves if they can more easily forgo a soccer game or their commute to work.
Some EU countries are telling Brussels they are willing to take in refugee children stuck at the border between Greece and Turkey.
Germany is one of the states that has agreed to be part of a so-called “Coalition of the Willing.” But the EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says more will need to be done to end the refugee crisis.
“Finding a solution to the situation will require relieving the pressure that is put on the border and ensuring that the individual right to ask for asylum is respected,”said von der Leyen.
One proposed measure is to pay Turkey more money to deal with the refugees. That doesn’t sit well with a growing chorus of European critics, who accuse Turkey of using its border with Greece to blackmail the EU.
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