Olaf Scholz will become German Chancellor on Wednesday, turning a new page in the 16 years of Angela Merkel’s helm, and a new alliance led by the center-left has taken over Top European economies.
Schultz will be formally elected by the lower house of the Bundestag and then sworn in by President Frank Waltersteinmeier. He promised to maintain extensive “continuity” with the popular Merkel, while making Germany greener and fairer .
The Minister of Finance under Merkel led his Social Democrats to victory in the September 26 elections-given the party’s growing divisions and low approval ratings at the time, this result was considered unimaginable at the beginning of the year.
The 63-year-old Scholz turned the imitation of Merkel in style and substance into a winning strategy, and now he has pieced together Germany’s first national ” Traffic light” alliance.
The four-year agreement they signed at the end of last month was called “Dare to Strive for More Progress”, which is a tribute to the historic promise of “Dare to Strive for More Democracy” in 1969 by the Social Democratic Prime Minister Willie Brandt.
“We have the opportunity to give Germany a new start,” Schultz told his party over the weekend because it blessed the alliance agreement with a 99% approval rate.
The alliance aims to reduce carbon emissions, overhaul the dilapidated digital infrastructure, modernize citizenship laws, raise the minimum wage, and make Germany join the ranks of a few countries in the world to legalize cannabis.
Following the business-driven pragmatism of the Merkel era, the incoming Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock also promised to take a tougher stance against authoritarian countries such as Russia and China.
Belbok, the co-leader of the Green Party, was one of eight women in Germany’s first gender-balanced cabinet.
“This corresponds to the society in which we live-half of the power belongs to women,” Schultz, who describes himself as a “feminist,” said this week.
Schultz and his team promised stability. As France prepares for the fierce presidential election next year, Europe is struggling to cope with the long aftershocks of Brexit.
However, the vicious fourth wave of Covid has already tested the upcoming alliance.
Schultz told reporters on Tuesday: “We must start over while facing the coronavirus pandemic-this is the situation facing the new government,” his designated finance and economic ministers Christian Lindner and Robert Ha Baker is on its sides.
In Germany, more than 103,000 people have died from the coronavirus, and since the weather turned cold, the number of new infections has surged and the intensive care unit is overcrowded.
Schultz strongly supported Germany after Austria, demanding mandatory injections to control the pandemic, because experts said that for the country’s struggling clinics, the worst is yet to come.
His goal is to have Parliament vote on this issue before the end of the year, with a view to implementing the law in February or March.
The 67-year-old Merkel is the first female Chancellor of Germany. She is about to retire from politics after the end of her four consecutive terms. She is the first leader to voluntarily resign after the war.
Even though her own party, the conservative Christian Democrats, was often at a loss for her moderate line, her leadership was recognized by most Germans.
“For 16 years, Angela Merkel has defined the center of politics,” said columnist Nicholas Blom.
“If she runs again, she will win her fifth term,” he added, but now is the time to inject fresh blood.
Despite being from a rival party, Scholz used popular support to replace her.
The left-leaning daily Tageszeitung recently joked on its front page about the similarities between the two politicians, the pandemic era title is “Merkel variants prevail,” and a photo of a grinning Schultz.
However, her successor promised to resolve the widening gap between rich and poor under Merkel.
The independent European Economic Research Center (ZEW) stated in its analysis of the alliance agreement that low-income Germans and parents will benefit the most from its policy roadmap.
At the same time, supporters of the Green Party are pinning their hopes on billions of dollars for climate protection and renewable energy, even if the government promises to restore no new debt rules by 2023.