German chancellor makes first appearance with mask to silence critics
BERLIN (GERMANY) – Dismissing criticism of hypocrisy earlier this week for not wearing a face mask, German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday made her first public appearance wearing one.
She arrived at Bundesrat, the upper house of parliament, sporting a black mask marked with EU2020.de, which is a website dedicated to the nation’s six-month presidency of the EU which began on July 1.
The chancellor, whose administration has made wearing of masks mandatory in public places, was questioned by a journalist during a briefing on Monday as to why she never wore one in public.
Merkel said she did not need to wear one as she observed social distancing norms.
She has been praised for her response to the coronavirus crisis and her approval ratings have soared. surged.
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