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Germany’s mishandling of the COVID-19 crisis

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Stereotypes usually have negative connotations, but there can also be positive stereotypes. With regard to Germany, among those positive stereotypes is that Germans are hard-working, punctual, and able to organize. The first two are normative, but the third is more of a myth than a reality, which has been impressively demonstrated by the COVID-19 crisis.

The crisis seemed to begin well from an organizational perspective, with relatively few infected and dead in March and April of last year, which lead to the false assumption that Germany, especially German politics, had a plan of action for dealing with the virus.

However, one year ago it was luck that allowed Germany to get off lightly. One reason for this was the situation in Bergamo, which led to an early first lockdown and left the population with the impression that COVID-19 was by no means just a “small flu” (Bolsonaro).

Nevertheless, the organizational deficiencies were evident from the very beginning. In the spring of 2020, too few masks were purchased at far too high costs. Last week, two conservative politicians resigned from their posts in the wake of a scandal involving the purchase of highly overpriced masks.

During the summer the general figures were positive, which Germany was praised, even from abroad. The Guardian wrote in late June a story titled, “On different planets: how Germany tackled the pandemic, and Britain flailed”. In late August, a book was published........

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