Olaf Scholz Replaces Angela Merkel As Germany’s New Chancellor

Today, Olaf Scholz was sworn in as Germany’s new chancellor bringing an end to Angela Merkel’s four terms. Scholz won the secret vote in the parliament following ceremonial protocols and followed up by visiting the German president who officially appointed him as the country’s new chancellor. He was then sworn in at the parliament. Scholz served as the labor and social affairs minister in Merkel’s first coalition government in the late 2000s and was elected mayor of Hamburg from 2011 until 2018. He also previously served as vice chancellor and finance minister in Merkel’s grand coalition government.