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Journalist Dirk Kurbjuweit, who wrote the fiery editorial in Der Spiegel, acknowledged the coronavirus pandemic has presented extremely difficult tasks for every government. But he argued the German government has done far too little in the fight against the virus.

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He said the handling of the pandemic lies with the Chancellor - and Mr Spahn was "jointly responsible for the mistakes".

Mr Kurbjuweit continued: "The main responsibility lies with the Chancellor.

"Merkel's overall balance sheet as Chancellor has been ruined.

"As health minister, he is jointly responsible for the mistakes."

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Mr Kurbjuweit continued: "Germany, it has to be said, is currently being governed terribly badly, by the Federal Chancellor, by the group of Minister-Presidents, by some ministers, namely Health Minister Jens Spahn.

"That must have consequences."

Mr Kurbjuweit argued the health minister "no longer belongs in this office".

He wrote: "That does not make the situation any better.

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