So long, Angela Merkel! Today, Olaf Scholz will be sworn in as Germany’s new Chancellor.

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Merkel bids farewell to Angela Merkel as Olaf Scholz is sworn in as Germany’s new Chancellor today.

After 16 years as Germany’s Chancellor, ANGELA Merkel’s reign is drawing to a close.

As Germany’s new coalition government is set to be announced this afternoon, Olaf Scholz, 63, is set to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor.

Despite the fact that the Social Democrats will be in power, the Green Party and the Liberal Party will also play important roles in the German government.

The German Parliament is expected to approve Olaf Scholz as Chancellor in the week of December 6, nearly two months after a federal election in September in which no single party received a large enough share of the vote to govern alone.

The Social Democrats (SPD), led by Mr Scholz, narrowly defeated Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in the federal election.

With the climate-friendly Greens and the business-focused Free Democrats (FDP), the party is about to form a three-party ruling coalition.

Ms Merkel’s departure represents a sea change in German politics.

Her CDU and its sister party, the CSU, will no longer be in power, as they have been for decades.

Instead, after Armin Laschet, the alliance’s candidate for chancellor, fell short of votes, they will find themselves in opposition.

Last week, Mr Scholz, the current finance minister and vice-chancellor, said talks with the Greens and the FDP were going well.

“Everything is going very well, very constructively,” he said.

According to Reuters, the SPD is planning to nominate at least three women: outgoing Environment Minister Svenja Schulze, outgoing Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht, and Klara Geywitz, Mr Scholz’s former running mate in the party’s co-leadership race.

This would assist Mr. Scholz in keeping his promise to have an equal number of women and men on his team.

The formation of Germany’s new coalition government comes at a difficult time for the country — and its neighbors — as the country is hit by a fourth wave of Covid.

Ms Merkel’s husband, Joachim Sauer, spoke out about the country’s vaccine hesitancy on Tuesday.

“It is astonishing that a third of the population does not follow scientific findings,” he said in a rare interview with the Italian newspaper la Repubblica.

“This is due in part to the Germans’ laziness and complacency.

“The other group consists of those who adhere to a.

“Brinkwire News Summary.”

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