German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced two days ago that they had overturned the decision by describing the harsh measures that had disrupted public life during the Easter holiday as “mistakes”.
Merkel called on the provincial prime ministers to convene an emergency meeting today after sharply criticizing the decision taken at the March 22 meeting, saying the idea of closing for five days at Easter was wrong.
“It was a mistake. If there is a mistake, it must be said and corrected. I apologize to all citizens for this mistake and additional uncertainties,” Merkel said.
“It’s just my fault,” Merkel said, noting that she has the ultimate responsibility for everything as prime minister.
Following Merkel’s meeting with provincial prime ministers on March 22, existing coronavirus measures were extended until April 18, and it was decided to declare a two-day strike in addition to the Easter holiday.
In Germany, the Easter holiday begins on Friday, April 2 and returns to work on Tuesday, April 6. The meeting on March 22 decided to declare a strike on Thursday, April 1, and Saturday, April 3, which is a working day before Easter, thus deciding on a five-day nationwide closure. The decision provoked strong reactions from the business world and raised important questions about labor law.