Olaf Scholz is expected to become Germany’s new Chancellor on Wednesday, leading a three-party coalition government and ending the 16-year era of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel.
BERLIN-On Wednesday, Olaf Schultz will become the new Chancellor of Germany, leading a three-party coalition government and ending the 16-year era of the outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel. Schultz will lead a cabinet of 17 members, one more minister than Merkel, composed of 9 men and 8 women. Let’s take a look at the main players.
The leader of the pro-business Liberal Democratic Party will act as the Minister of Finance to hold the government’s wallet. Lindner dominates his party, and he returned to Parliament in 2017 after a four-year absence. He brought the Liberal Democrats into the government after negotiations to join Merkel’s previous administration were suspended four years ago. 42-year-old Lindner said: “We represent the sound financial situation of Germany and Europe.” He insisted that the new coalition government will not increase taxes or relax its debt control.
Another co-leader of the Green Party became Germany’s first female foreign minister after running for the party’s first candidate for prime minister. Her campaign never recovered from the early mistakes, but it still ended with the best election result in the party’s history. Baerbock, 40, studied political science and international law in Hamburg and London. She called for “dialogue and toughness” against China and a similar approach to Russia. Baerbock has been an opponent of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline in the past, which was designed to transport more Russian natural gas to Germany but has not yet been put into operation.
The lawyer in charge of the branch of the Social Democratic Party in the central region of Hessen became Germany’s first female interior minister-the country’s highest security official-responsible for overseeing the federal police and domestic intelligence agencies. The 51-year-old Faeser has served as the party’s internal affairs spokesperson in Hessen for 12 years. She said that “special attention” will fight the threat of right-wing extremism.
This epidemiologist who is proficient in the media has been a member of the Social Democratic Party since 2005 and has become the Minister of Health. Lauterbach, 58, has always been one of Germany’s most prominent voices. He urges cautious and strict measures against COVID-19 and is an ordinary TV expert. Lauterbach has studied in Germany and the United States, including at the Harvard School of Public Health, and is the director of the Institute of Health Economics and Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Cologne School of Medicine. He said: “The duration of the pandemic will be longer than many people think, but we will succeed-vaccination will play a central role, but not only that.”
Others on the team
Wolfgang Schmidt, a long-time close friend of Schultz and his deputy finance minister, will serve as chief of staff to the chancellor.
The Social Democratic Party also chose the outgoing Minister of Justice, Christine Lambrecht, as the Minister of Defense. She will be replaced by Liberal Democrat member and lawyer Marco Buschmann (Marco Buschmann).
Former Green Party leader Cem Ozdemir (Cem Ozdemir) became Minister of Agriculture and the first cabinet member of Turkish descent.
Steffi Lemke became Minister of the Environment and was one of only two cabinet members from the former communist east.
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