Germany: new Chancellor Olaf Scholtz takes office today

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Today Germany is experiencing the end of the era of Angela Merkel. The European country, considered the economic locomotive of the EU, will have a new chancellor, the Social Democrat, from this Wednesday Olaf Scholz.

Until now, the Vice Chancellor and Minister of Finance will take office with a more committed perspective in the fight against climate change and with a strong drive for the development of renewable energies. And from there there could be a favorable wink to Argentina.

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Scholz’s Social Democratic Party (PSD) achieved a narrow victory in the elections last September.

After a few months of intense negotiations, he sealed an unprecedented center-left government coalition with Los Verdes and the Liberal Party (FDP). It is the first tripartite government in history from the country.

Meanwhile, Merkel’s conservatives (CDU) will go into opposition after 16 years in power, the last four precisely in alliance with Scholz’s SPD.

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What will be the role of the Greens in the new German government

Specifically, in addition to the Chancellery, the SPD will have seven ministries, the Greens five and the Liberals four. Thus, environmentalists will have great weight in government decisions and in strategic areas.

The new government will seek to progress especially in the fight against climate change “with a green, sustainable and modern policy,” he told TN the correspondent for South America of the German Public TV ARD, Matthias Ebert.

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The two co-leaders of the Greens will have decisive positions. Robert Habeck will not only be the vice chancellor, but will also take charge of a new superministry of Economy, Climate Protection and Energy Change. The name of this new portfolio clearly shows the enormous influence that environmentalists will have in the new coalition.

“They want to increase wind power very strongly and also regularize marijuana and perhaps follow the Uruguayan example,” said Ebert.

At the same time, Annalena Baerbock, the also co-head of the party, will become the first and youngest foreign minister at age 40. For the Liberals, the strategic Ministry of Finance will remain in the hands the Christian Lindner.

Olaf Scholz, a pragmatic and consensus politician

Scholz, 63, is a respected but uncharismatic leader. Germans often call it ‘Scholzomat‘, a combination of his name with the word “automaton” for his cutting and emotionless style that resembles a robot.

Throughout his political career he was Mayor of Hamburg, Minister of Labor and until now Head of Finance and Vice Chancellor in Merkel’s government.

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Ebert, based in Rio de Janeiro, said that “Scholz he is a pragmatic politician that gained popularity like minister of Finances ”. “She is very similar to Merkel in her style of governing, in a calm and consensual way,” he said.

How will Olaf Scholz look towards Argentina?

Ebert opined that, unlike Merkel, the Scholz government “is going to make a lot of progress” in making a difference “towards authoritarian countries like China and Turkey.”

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And he added: “It is likely that human rights may have more priority with the new government, also with ties to Latin America. For example, to overcome the crimes of the German sect of Colonia Dignidad in Chile ”.

“I also think there will be more cooperation with the Green Hydrogen because Argentina, Chile and Brazil have a lot of renewable energy ”. But in the renegotiation of the Argentine debt with the IMF, as he stated, “it is uncertain how Germany will position itself”.

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Angela Merkel was one step away from breaking the record for permanence in power

Merkel’s departure will undoubtedly leave a huge void in German society after 16 uninterrupted years in power.

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However, the outgoing chancellor failed to break the record for tenure. He was one step away from the mark of his mentor, the deceased Helmut Kolh, who between October 1, 1982 and October 26, 1998 was 5,870 days in charge. To break that record, Merkel should have remained at the helm of the government until at least December 17.

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