In fighting the coronavirus, the government is restricting the fundamental rights of citizens to an extent not seen since the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany. Rights that were taken for granted before the pandemic, such as freedom of choice and assembly, and core economic freedoms such as freedom of occupation, cannot be exercised as they were at the beginning of the year. Professor Christoph Schalast, Professor of Mergers & Acquisitions, Business Law and European Law, at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, therefore urges that the proportionality of the measures be kept in mind even in these difficult times. "I appeal for moderation and greater proportionality. The judiciary should examine every measure taken to court in more detail to ensure transparency. Only in this way will the separation of powers remain visible," says Professor Schalast, who established the Master of Mergers & Acquisitions at the business school in 2005.
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