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Angela Merkel’s era ends, Olaf Scholz appointed successor


New Chancellor of Germany: The German Parliament on Wednesday appointed Olaf Scholz as the new chancellor to succeed Angela Merkel. Angela Merkel remained as chancellor for 16 years. Merkel was the first woman to become Chancellor of Germany on 22 November 2005. He gained appreciation from abroad and immense popularity in the country during his record tenure. Scholz is currently Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor.

A day before the name of Angela Merkel’s successor, Olaf Schulz, was approved, the country’s three parties signed an agreement on Tuesday to form a Progressive Alliance. The deal between Schulz’s middle-left Social Democrats, the Greens on environmental issues and the pro-business Free Democrats has received strong support in recent days from members of the three parties. The deal cleared the way for Schulz to be elected to parliament on Wednesday, as all three parties had a majority. Let us tell you that for the first time, all the three parties have made an agreement to form the government.

Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats won the election held on 26 September by a small margin. Since then, he has been in talks with the Green Party and the Free Democrats for a coalition government. Scholz said last Saturday that his government’s first task would be to fight the Corona epidemic with full force.

At the same time, Angela Merkel worked with four American Presidents, four French Presidents, five British Prime Ministers and eight Italian Prime Ministers during her tenure. During his tenure, he faced four major challenges – the global financial crisis, Europe’s debt crisis, the influx of refugees into Europe in 2015-16 and the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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