Stricter lockdowns woud push the German economy further down the road of contraction, the chief economist at ING Germany tells DW, making a speedy recovery next year less likely.
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Germany has recorded its largest public sector deficit in decades as the country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, the country recorded its largest shortfall since German reunification.
India's economic powerhouse state, Maharashtra, is at the center of the country's worst coronavirus surge to date. But stopping the outbreak will put the brakes on the fragile recovery of the service sector.
Chancellor Angela Merkel is in favor of a "short uniform lockdown" to rein in spread of the coronavirus. A spokesperson for the chancellor noted that Germany's health care system is under growing pressure.
Armin Laschet's proposals have been met with skepticism by political opponents. Germany is struggling to contain a third wave of the coronavirus.
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