Germany: Olaf Scholz replaces Angela Merkel as chancellor after 16 years

Olaf Scholz was sworn in as chancellor, opening a new era for the EU's largest economy after Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure. Read more on this story:

12/9/2021 1:00:00 AM

Olaf Scholz was sworn in as chancellor, opening a new era for the EU's largest economy after Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure. Read more on this story:

The 63-year-old's government takes office with the aim of modernising the European Union's most populous country, as well as combatting climate change.

Mr Scholz, who served as vice chancellor and finance minister in Merkel's government, said:"This should be a morning for a new start."His first EU summit will be held just a week after he is sworn in, with leaders of the 27-nation bloc due to meet in Brussels on 16 and 17 December.

Image:Mr Scholz gives flowers to Angela Merkel during a handover ceremony in the chancellery in Berlin. Pic: APWhat will the government focus on?Efforts to combat climate change are a top priority - especially the Greens.They also hope to modernise the economy, introduce more liberal social policies, and strengthen the EU.

But their top priority is facing the immediate task of slowing down the near-record COVID-19 infection rates, with the outgoing chancellor having mooted the possibility of mandatory vaccination from February.The new three-party government also has hopes of working with democracies around the world, with Mr Scholz praising US President Joe Biden for strengthening a community of democratic countries. headtopics.com

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Image:L/R: Christian Lindner, Olaf Scholz and Robert Habeck present the coalition agreementMr Scholz said the new government wants to"continue the efforts Germany has made in recent years to create a strong, sovereign European Union," adding:"At the same time, we will underline the trans-Atlantic partnership and our cooperation in NATO."

He avoided questions on whether Germany would join a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, telling reporters:"(We) must know our differences and nevertheless get on with each other."Ms Merkel, Germany's first female chancellor, has been credited with raising the country's profile and influence, as well as working to hold a fractious EU together.

The 67-year-old, a former scientist who grew up in communist East Germany, left the role a week short of the record for longevity held by her one-time mentor, Helmut Kohl, who reunited Germany during his 1982-1998 tenure.

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Germany's Olaf Scholz takes over from Merkel as chancellorOlaf Scholz is sworn in as chancellor, leading a three-party coalition after 16 years of Merkel rule. New brush,clean sweep.. Or perhaps not.. God is truth! Ask him too say the name of God!

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New German Chancellor Olaf Scholz faces first test as US steps up pressure to block Nord Stream 2🇩🇪 Olaf Scholz succeeds Angela Merkel as Germany’s chancellor today in Berlin but is already under pressure from Joe Biden’s administration over its deal with Russia’s state-owned energy giant Gazprom