The Covid Certificate has just come into operation and the Germany it is already endangering its raison d’être, that is to allow the return to the free movement of people in the European Union for those who are vaccinated or cured of Covid-19. The German government has decided to include Portugal among the countries with a worrying variant, due to the surge in cases caused by that Delta. In recent days, Angela Merkel had criticized António Costa for allowing British tourists to enter without restrictions. Over the weekend, Berlin banned entry into its territory from Portugal (only German citizens can return by undergoing tests and quarantine) and informed the EU that the decision should be considered as the “emergency brake” on free movement provided for dangerous variants. Problem: the regulation on the Covid Certificate and an EU recommendation on the subject do not contemplate the possibility of travel bans, but only to impose tests and quarantines on those who enter.
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