Olaf Scholz (Olaf Scholz) will become Germany’s ninth chancellor after World War II. After leading his party’s return in an election that seemed unlikely a few months ago, his career crowned him. Series of services in senior government positions
The 63-year-old reached an agreement with the center-left Social Democratic Party on Wednesday to form an alliance with the environmentalist Green Party and the pro-business Liberal Democratic Party to lead the next German government. The agreement was reached after relatively rapid negotiations, which were disciplined and cautious, and these qualities reflected Scholz’s own image.
Schultz has a succinct, serious attitude that is typical of his hometown of Hamburg, where he worked as a lawyer—more calmly than the style of outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He joined the Social Democratic Party at the age of 17, and was elected to Parliament for the first time in 1998.
He is composed and unshakable, but he has no master of rhetoric. During the turbulent period when he was General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party in the early 2000s, he earned the nickname “Scholzomat” because critics said he was used to repeating the same phrase repeatedly to support the welfare state of then Prime Minister Gerhard Schroeder Adjustments and economic reforms face objections within the party.
A series of mistakes and mistakes helped by his two opponents-Merkel’s center-right Christian Democratic leader Armin Laschet (Armin Laschet) and the Green Party’s first run for prime minister Annalena Baerbock (Annalena Baerbock) Up him.
As Merkel’s Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Schultz passed a largely accident-free campaign peacefully, and achieved a humble but solid performance in three televised pre-election debates, the Social Democratic Party’s The stock rose.
He also seems to portray himself as Merkel’s natural successor, even though he belongs to a different party. On one occasion, he posed in a “silent interview” of the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung in the iconic “Merkel Diamond” of the outgoing prime minister.
During the global financial crisis, Scholz served as Merkel’s Minister of Labor for the first time in the national government in 2007-9. Germany has reduced the unemployment rate, especially by using government-backed wage support programs to keep people on the company’s payroll. During the coronavirus pandemic, the same equipment played a very good role, with Schultz as the finance minister who helped guide Germany’s economic response.
Schultz became the mayor of Hamburg, Germany’s second largest city, in 2011. After years of center-left chaos in Hamburg, he won back the traditional Social Democratic stronghold, saying that his party knew “if you order me to lead, you will get it.”
One low point is that Hamburg hosted the 2017 G20 summit, which is mainly remembered by the widespread riots by ultra-left protesters. Schultz had previously denied concerns about this incident.
The following year, after Merkel’s party reluctantly gave up its promise to join the opposition, he was promoted to the second position in the Merkel government. As Secretary of the Treasury, Schultz is pushing for the levy of at least 15% of the world’s lowest tax on large companies and leading efforts to alleviate the financial impact of the pandemic. But he also drew criticism for the bankruptcy of payment processing company Wirecard last year.
The pragmatic Scholz ran for the leadership of the Social Democratic Party in 2019, but was cast aside by members and turned to support the left-leaning duo Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans. However, the party put the competition aside and did not hesitate to use him as a candidate to succeed Merkel last year.
The leader of the pro-business Liberal Democratic Party and Schultz’s designated Treasury Secretary’s successor and political opponent turned ally Christian Lindner said on Wednesday that negotiators “see him as a powerful leader who has The experience and professionalism of leading this country.”
“Olav Schultz will become a strong chancellor of Germany,” he said.
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