Germany is slowly returning to normality – or something that vaguely resembles it. Momentum for relaxation continues to grow, and Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to ease more measures this week. But how long can that last?
“Anxiety lingers about how far the relaxations can go before numbers rise again,” writes Jeremy Cliffe, the New Statesman international editor. “Lothar Wieler, president of the Robert Koch Institute, on Tuesday (5 May) predicted ‘with great certainty’ that there would be a second wave, and probably a third wave of the virus beyond that.”
In his piece, Jeremy chronicles how the country got to where it is now – and analyses what lies ahead in the coming months.