Germany's Corona Divide Berlin Fears Populists Will Exploit Protest Movement

A vocal minority in Germany opposes the restrictions put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, including right-wing radicals, but also people at the center of society. How can the government best address the protest movement?
A protestor in Munich: "Distancing ourselves from forced immunizations."

A protestor in Munich: "Distancing ourselves from forced immunizations."

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Angela Merkel: The German chancellor has once again become the target of protesters and hatred from the far right. Some fear it will spill over into the mainstream.

Angela Merkel: The German chancellor has once again become the target of protesters and hatred from the far right. Some fear it will spill over into the mainstream.

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Some 10,000 people gathered at a fairground midway in Stuttgart to protest the government's coronavirus lockdown last Saturday.

Some 10,000 people gathered at a fairground midway in Stuttgart to protest the government's coronavirus lockdown last Saturday.

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Thomas Kemmerich, a member of the business-friendly Free Democratic Party, has been criticized deeply for taking part in a protest in Thuringia against the measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Thomas Kemmerich, a member of the business-friendly Free Democratic Party, has been criticized deeply for taking part in a protest in Thuringia against the measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus.

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Boris Palmer, the mayor of the university town of Tübingen, drew rebuke across Germany when he recently said the coronavirus measures are "likely protecting people who would have been dead within half a year anyway."

Boris Palmer, the mayor of the university town of Tübingen, drew rebuke across Germany when he recently said the coronavirus measures are "likely protecting people who would have been dead within half a year anyway."

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