The AfD is holding a two-day congress this weekend ahead of Germany's September federal election, which will mark the end of Chancellor Angela Merkel's era.
Two key things make this election remarkable: Chancellor Angela Merkel is bowing out after 16 years in office and, perhaps even more significantly, the fact that no one can really predict what is going to happen now after years of certainty.
Three months after vaccination campaigns started, fewer than 5% of the EU's 450 million residents have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19
Chancellor Merkel was due to relax restrictions at a meeting with regional leaders on Monday but a surge in infections has upended those plans.
Newspapers claimed the German Chancellor refused to have the vaccine. However, she wasn't offered it because she is above the age threshold.
As countries roll out vaccine programmes amid worries over new COVID variants, the WHO says there is still no definitive answer to the origins of the pandemic
“I can see a light shining at the end of the tunnel,” Merkel said, but she also urged Germans to be patient and warned against "false hopes."
"The number of new infections has decreased. That gives us hope. But the virus mutation carries a great danger. Now is the time to prevent this danger," Chancellor Merkel said as she announced the new measures.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel is meeting with regional leaders on Tuesday to discuss imposing stricter measures to reduce COVID-19 transmission.
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The move is seen as a means of addressing public concerns over potential security risks posed by vendors for big infrastructure projects.