Et was a comparison that made people sit up and take notice. In her interview with Anne Will, Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said on Sunday evening: “Take a look at our neighbors: With the exception of Denmark, everyone has to struggle with the same problems – sometimes on a much, much more difficult basis.” Angela Merkel , who called for more positive thinking, criticized: “And that everything is going badly here, that doesn’t work either.” Is Merkel right? Tired of permanent lockdown, have we become a people of constant complainers, even though it looks much worse around us? Shouldn’t we be grateful that we got through the pandemic relatively lightly compared to our neighboring countries? And where is the real problem? A look across our national borders provides crucial information and shows where Merkel is right with her statement.