Updated: Jan 28, 2021
Germany has joined many European countries in hinting at their relief at former President Trump's exit following US President Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. Merkel remarked that the new administration meant a new "broader foundation of shared convictions"between the US and Europe, signalling an optimistic future for transatlantic relationships.
Biden and Merkel in 2013. Photo: usbotschaftberlin via Wikimedia Commons
There is increased pressure on Germany to help halt the completion of Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2, following Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's detainment last Sunday.
Restrictions have been further tightened in Germany, in a week where the death toll reached 50,000 and a new coronavirus strain was identified in a hospital in Bavaria. Concern has continued to rise in Berlin, especially after Pfizer delivery issues caused North-Rhine Westphalia to halt vaccinations.
As a result, the current lockdown has been extended until at least February 14th, and stricter measures introduced. These include rules on wearing medical or filter masks and an onus on employers to allow working from home until March 15th.