Merkel: Europe ‘on thin ice’ amid delta virus variant rise

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her specs ahed of a EU summit at the German parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

BRUSSELS — Europe is “on thin ice” in its battle against COVID-19, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday as EU leaders agreed that vaccinations should be sped up to fight the highly contagious delta variant.