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Is COVID-19 breaking Angela Merkel's political toolbox? - Interview with Janosch Dahmen (E06)

Angela Merkel has gone from Europe's leadership champion in the COVID fight to lagging behind on vaccines and testing. In this episode, podcast series "Merkel’s Last Dance" explores whether her legacy may be rewritten.

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In her 15 years as chancellor, Angela Merkel has steered Germany through difficult waters many times. And when the pandemic hit Germany in early 2020, the country seemed to benefit from a leader who is a trained scientist and experienced crisis manager. So what went wrong?

Janosch Dahmen worked as a doctor in Berlin's clinics treating COVID-19 patients for 10 months before entering the German parliament, the Bundestag, as a lawmaker for the opposition Green party. In this episode of our podcast, he joins DW's Michaela Kuefner to explore how the coronavirus pandemic has tested the German chancellor's ability to manage a crisis.

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