Protesters gather as German MPs to seal pandemic powers in law

The German government’s power to respond to the coronavirus pandemic by decree is expected to be anchored in law on Wednesday, in a fast-track move that has prompted protests in the capital Berlin.The planned legislative amendments have been slammed by radical opponents of coronavirus measures as anti-democratic.Rallies have been banned from taking place outside the parliament buildings and in the surrounding government district.However, several hundred demonstrators had already gathered on the edges of the cordoned-off grounds of the Reichstag parliament building by early Tuesday.Up to 2,200 …

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