On Wednesday while addressing Germany’s parliament in Berlin she touted that she’s led a sensible, balanced and “flexible” response while avoiding the extreme of “dictatorship”-style restrictions as in other countries. 

“Our political action is different from what they do in countries that are more like a dictatorship,” Merkel told the parliament. She described that the appropriate answer from federal and local governments is not blanket bans on activities but policies that emphasize “the responsible behavior of each individual.”



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