Coronavirus is only beginning – Merkel

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“We are not living in the final phase of the pandemic, but still at the beginning,” she told the Bundestag lower house of parliament.

“A European growth program could support an upswing over the next two years, and we’ll work for that,” Merkel said in a speech to the lower house of parliament in Berlin on Thursday.

“We want to act quickly in Europe, and we of course need instruments to be able to quickly deal with the effects of the crisis in all member states.”

She also urged German lawmakers to act decisively on the planned to make 500 billion euros ($540 billion) in EU spending available as soon as June 1.