Olaf Scholz, the revenge of the “automaton”

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From “automaton” to chancellor. The moderate and austere Social Democrat Olaf Scholz is preparing to take over from Angela Merkel in Germany, to lead an unprecedented three-party coalition thanks to his experience as a minister and a campaign without missteps.

At the age of 63, the former Finance Minister of the Merkel government will be elected on Wednesday, barring last minute surprises, Chancellor by Parliament of the first European economy.

His SPD party was considered almost dead until recently, but in the end it won in the September legislatures and also managed to create a coalition between the environmentalists and the Liberals.

Without making much noise and taking inspiration from the sober Merkel style, this lover of long walks has managed to prevail despite being little known by the Germans themselves.

In fact, there is no biography of the future chancellor, despite having been minister or mayor of Hamburg, the second largest city in the country, several times.

– “Embodiment of boredom” –

Described by Spiegel as “the embodiment of boredom” in politics, Scholz has been through all levels of public action since the 1970s.

Born in Osnabruck on June 14, 1958, Olaf Scholz joined the SPD at age 17. He had long hair at the time and flirted with the more left-wing ideas of the party.

He became a lawyer specializing in labor law and in 1998 he was elected deputy, and then secretary general of the SPD (2002-2004). In that position, Scholz had to explain every day to the cameras the details of the unpopular liberal reforms of then-Chancellor Gerhard Schröder.

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