German MPs to anchor government 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, as the upper and lower houses of parliament meet to consider amending existing legislation.Officials hope that the move will bolster anti-viral measures such as contact restrictions and mask rules in the face of legal challenges.The Bundestag lower house is expected to vote on draft legislation put forward by the coalition government of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives and their Social Democrat partners at midday (1100 GMT).The Bundesrat upper house is holding …

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