The SPD’s leader, the Social Democratic Party (or SPD), was a large loser at the beginning of the German parliamentary elections campaign. However, he led his formation by just one head to first. If he can form a coalition, Angela Merkel could be his successor in the chancellery.
Germans chose a 63-year-old politician as their new face. The former mayor of Hamburg was a member of the SPD for 46 years. He entered the Bundestag 23 years ago. Angela Merkel is the Chancellor. So he has one of the most important portfolios within the government. After more than ten years of being second to the CDU conservatives, the Social Democrats have been relegated for two decades. He is now the man who will bring back the left.
The “third thief,” as he is known across the Rhine, flew into the polls during the election campaign. After remaining at 15% for the summer, he was behind the two conservative candidates Armin Laschet and Green Annalena Bock, who had the wind in their sails. The intention of the vote gave it at 26% on the day before the election. On Sunday, he won 25.7%. Eleven points gained within a matter of weeks. His secret recipe? Avoiding controversy, saying as little possible, avoiding blunders, and waiting for your competition to get their feet wet.
The trouble has already begun: he must agree with other parties in order to form a alliance and take the chancellor’s seat. Prognosticators expect a tripartite alliance: SPD, Verts-FDP (Liberal Democratic Party). “My preference, it is not a secret, would have to be to govern alongside the Greens,”During the September 19 TV debate, Olaf Scholz stated. Armin Laschet (24.1%), leader of CDU, claims he can lead a coalition. He could also work with the Greens, and the FDP to govern. In a few weeks…or months, you will find the answer.
The SPD’s base was not impressed by him, and he was even less appreciated by the business community. He was blackballed at 2019’s end when he wanted the party to head. However, he represents the right wing socio-democrats. Close to former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, he has always defended the latter’s reforms, in particular those of the labor market implemented in the early 2000s. He also claims to be a fervent follower of budgetary orthodoxy. He was even once nicknamed “Wolfgang Schölz”, in reference to his predecessor in Finance, the severe Wolfgang Schauble, the whipping father of Europe.
He sought to change his right-wing image to stand out from Armin Laschet (his conservative rival in the CDU), by proposing during the campaign an increased minimum wage to 12 euro per hour (compared to 9.60 euros today) as well as the introduction of wealth taxes and opposing the increasing retirement age. Former labor lawyer, he was Minister of Labor and Social Affairs under Merkel’s first government. He created partial unemployment and implemented a minimum wage for each wage branch.
Armin Laschet was filmed laughing at a tribute ceremony for the victims, unlike Annalena Berbock who wasn’t there to capture the tragedy. – After the torrential rains that claimed 200 lives in the west of the country, in mid-July, the Social Democrat made no false moves. He arrived in the Rhineland immediately, the devastated region, and promised a 200 million Euro emergency aid plan, as well as a multibillion dollar reconstruction program. And if it turns out that there is a need for more, we will give more ”He said,
Angela Merkel’s austere minister played full the role of motherhood. With his hands in the shape of a diamond on the abdomen, he posed the famous gesture of the conservative leader, on the cover of the magazine “Süddeutsche Zeitung”. His campaign posters read: “He Can Chancellor”(“He has something to do as chancellor.”Female. He is nicknamed “the Merkel” on social networks and is even starting to be called “Vati” (“dad”) in the press, in reference to Angela Merkel’s nickname, “Mutti” (“mom”).
His private life is ultra-discreet and much less hectic than that of his friend Gerhard Schröder (five wives on the clock). Britta Ernst, who is a Hamburger, has been his wife for 23 years. They are both social democrats and politicians. Since 2017, she has been the Minister of Education, Youth and Sports at the Land of Brandenburg, second in population. Angela Merkel has another thing in common with him: he doesn’t have children.
Because of his ability to answer questions like an automated machine, he has had the nickname “automaton”, which is a contraction of his surname. Olaf Scholz is often described by many as boring politician at the highest level. He wears a gray suit and has sparse gray hair.
Scholz was questioned by the Finance Committee of Germany on September 20, four days after searches were conducted at the Ministry of Finance. This case shakes the Financial Intelligence Unit, the anti-money laundering ministry. This service is accused of failing to send reports regarding a money laundering suspect operation to the courts. “Olaf Scholz is not doing enough to combat money laundering […]. Lisa Paus was denigrated as an environmentalist.Germany is still a hub for money laundering. Son The failure to supervise Wirecard’s bankruptcy, which was the largest financial scandal in Germany since the war, had been blamed on the administration. He was responsible for two embarrassing incidents.