'Mr Brexit to Mr U-turn': PM's about-turns confounds Britons, say German commentators

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Media links Covid fight and exit from Europe as the UK adopts jobs support scheme similar to kurzarbeit

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On Thursday, the UK followed in the footsteps of the German government by adopting a Jobs Support Scheme. The announcement comes as German commentators have spoken of their confusion at the zig-zag approach to tackling the coronavirus, describing a nation caught up in feelings of panic, disbelief and disillusionment.

“Military intervention to control coronavirus rules a possibility,” ran one banner headline in the business daily Handelsblatt this week, while an editorial in the Süddeutsche Zeitung was titled: “Johnson’s skittishness endangers his country.”

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