The new chancellor will be SPD candidate Olaf Scholz.  Everyone was sure of this even after the elections, because he represents the winning party.

The new chancellor will be SPD candidate Olaf Scholz. Everyone was sure of this even after the elections, because he represents the winning party.

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VER IST GERR SCHOLZ

The elections in Germany were held back in September, and Angela Merkel is still in charge of the country. The fact is that the Social Democratic Party (SPD), which won the first place, still did not have enough votes to form a government from only its own deputies. So we had to come to an agreement, and these negotiations dragged on.

But now the composition of the new government has been published – with reference to sources so far. In addition to the Social Democrats, it will include representatives of the Greens and the Free Democratic Party. The first will go to the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Climate and Economy. The second is the ministries of finance, justice and transport.

SPD candidate to become new chancellor – Olaf Scholz. Everyone was sure of this even after the elections, because he represents the winning party. And now Scholz is presenting at the last meeting of the outgoing cabinet of ministers a memorable gift to Angela Merkel – a dogwood bush. German journalists saw in this a subtle hint: the dogwood should grow in sour (sauer – in German) soil, and the surname of Merkel’s husband is Sauer.

The new chancellor must be officially elected by December 8.

“Komsomolskaya Pravda” tells, ver ist Herr Scholz – who is Mr. Scholz.

STRAIGHT LINE ROBOT

The future chancellor is very well described by the nickname that the journalists gave him – Scholzomat. The 63-year-old politician was mayor of Gambruga, and later served in the government of Merkel as finance minister and vice-chancellor. And in each of these positions, he has established himself as a qualified, executive, efficient – but absolutely boring and uncharismatic official. The press talked a lot about his “zero charisma”, “robot reaction” and unemotionality.

He was never a bright speaker, but despite this, he emerged victorious from all the pre-election debates with his main opponents: the candidate from the Merkel party, Armin Lashet, and the leader of the Greens, Annalena Berbock.

At the same time, Scholz did not seem to try to please the voters. So, regarding the ecological theme that is fashionable in this political season, Laschet proudly announced that he had switched to an electric car a long time ago, Berbock went further and said that she uses exclusively public transport, and Scholz admitted without much hesitation that he had a car with the most ordinary internal engine. combustion, according to the position he is supposed to have an airplane and security, and he can do nothing about it. But he also cares about the environment – whenever possible, he buys locally produced products. The Germans appreciated this directness.

HEAD OF THE CUBE

They liked even more how Scholz, as finance minister, led the German economy on the brink of the financial crisis. He had at his disposal a giant fund of 750 billion euros, which was designed to keep the business afloat, suffering from pandemic restrictions.

During the election race, Scholz made bold proposals in the spirit of raising the minimum hourly wages and tightening control over the rental housing market. Of course, he was also reminded of the scandals associated with his work as finance minister. So, Scholz managed to miss the collapse of the Wirecard company – a financial startup was promoted as a bank of a new generation, but in the end it turned out that for many months his management had simply faked financial statements to show profit. As a result, Wirecard founders went on the run, and thousands of investors were left without their money. But this unpleasant story did not shake Scholz’s position.

As for foreign policy, here Scholz speaks completely in the wake of Angela Merkel: he believes that it is necessary to further integrate within the framework of the European Union and NATO. At the same time, he is clearly disposed towards pragmatic relations with Moscow. In particular, Scholz publicly supports the Nord Stream 2 project:

– We see it as an economic project. In the United States, there are misconceptions that we are supposedly becoming dependent on Russia.

SPECIFICALLY

New government plans

– Raise the minimum wage to 12 euros (900 rubles) per hour

– Give the right to vote from the age of 16

– Build 400 thousand new apartments per year

– Limit the rise in rental prices

– Make Germany climate neutral by 2045 at the latest

– Increase the share of renewable energy sources

– Convert all government services to digital form

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