(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 16, 2020 German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures as she addresses a news conference on the coronavirus following video consultations with the premiers of Germany's 16 federal states at Chancellery in Berlin.  Chancellor Angela Merkel on January 16, 2021 said significantly tougher measures were needed to slow Germany's coronavirus infections, party sources told AFP. Speaking at a meeting with top brass from her centre-right CDU party, Merkel said "the virus can only be stopped with significant additional efforts", participants told AFP, adding that the chancellor wanted to hold fresh crisis talks with regional leaders next week.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged her Christian Democratic party colleagues to stay close to the political centre. AFP.

Merkel urges CDU to remain centrist before crucial leadership vote




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