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German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s husband has been quiet over the years, but now that Merkel is about to step down, it seems as if her husband has been given the green light to speak his mind.

In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, Joachim Sauer said when it comes down to unvaccinated Germans, they are just lazy people.

“It’s astonishing that a third of the population does not follow scientific findings. In part, this is due to a certain laziness and complacency of Germans.”

The other group are people who follow a personal conviction, a kind of ideological reaction to what they consider a vaccination dictatorship,” he continued.

Germany is facing an increasing number of Covid-19 cases by the day. The fourth wave has put a spotlight on the country as fellow European countries are waiting to see how they plan to combat it.

Neighbouring country Austria has announced a 10-day lockdown for those that aren’t vaccinated and have made vaccinations against Covid-19 compulsory.

Last week, Germany announced tougher rules to combat the spread of the virus. Under these new rules, people are required to prove they are vaccinated, cured or have recently tested negative for the virus before they can travel on public transport or go to their place of work.

eNCA reports that several of Germany’s 16 states have gone further still, cancelling large events like Christmas markets and barring the unvaccinated from bars, gyms and leisure facilities.

Image credit: Sky News

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