Fragmented Authority Inside Germany's Piecemeal Response to Corona

Germany has finally moved to shut down public life in the face of the coronavirus. But its halting response to the dangers posed by the pandemic illustrate the shortcomings of decentralized authority and the federalist approach. By DER SPIEGEL Staff
A meeting the German government's coronavirus crisis committee

A meeting the German government's coronavirus crisis committee

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Rather than performing to an audience, English pop star James Blunt performed to an empty hall in Hamburg on Wednesday and live streamed the event for his fans.

Rather than performing to an audience, English pop star James Blunt performed to an empty hall in Hamburg on Wednesday and live streamed the event for his fans.

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Robert Koch Institute President Lothar Wieler, German Health Minister Jens Spahn and Chancellor Angela Merkel at a coronavirus press conference in Berlin

Robert Koch Institute President Lothar Wieler, German Health Minister Jens Spahn and Chancellor Angela Merkel at a coronavirus press conference in Berlin

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