Schortz becomes Chancellor of Germany, ending the Merkel era


Berlin — Social Democratic Party Olaf Scholz becomes German Chancellor on Wednesday, promising to end 16 years of conservative rule under Angela Merkel, promote green investment and strengthen European integration Launched his tripartite alliance.

Schortz, 63, who has worked with Chancellor Angela Merkel for the past four years to serve as Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, has received a majority of 395 votes from members of the House of Representatives, said Bebel Bas, President of the Bundestag. rice field.

Shorts wore a black face mask, received a standing ovation from Congressman, and waved when he received a bouquet of flowers and a basket of apples from Congressman.

After being officially nominated by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the nearby Bellevue Palace, Schortz returned to the historic Parliament building in the heart of the German capital, sworn in front of legislators and ended the world. Since then, he has become the ninth prime minister in Germany. Second World War.

Schortz told Welt TV in one of his first interviews as Prime Minister that Russia would have to face consequences if the Ukrainian border was violated, but Germany and its allies avoided such escalations. He added that he was doing everything he could to do.

Concerned about the buildup of Russian troops near the Ukrainian border, the U.S. hopes to use the pending approval of the nearly completed Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia as a leverage for the stand-off with Moscow against Ukraine. I’m out.

In another interview with ZDF TV, Schortz avoided asking whether Germany would join the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom in the diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing.

In parliament, he vowed to focus on the welfare of the German people, but did not seek God’s help. This is usually included in the oath of office and is the word spoken by Merkel.

Upon returning to Bellevue Palace, the new cabinet minister received a certificate of appointment from the president.

Merkel officially handed over the Prime Minister’s Office to Schortz and wanted him a “stable hand.”

In a short speech, Schortz welcomed Merkel as a great prime minister and thanked her for her close and credible relationship over the past few years.

“I would like to build on the idea of ​​northeastern Germany. By the way, it has reigned here so far. Schortz mentions their common northern roots in the port city of Hamburg. Said.

Schortz has an environmentalist Greens, who leads an unprecedented tripartite coalition at the federal level and promotes spending, and the financially conservative Free Democratic Party (FDP).

Merkel, 67, who loves opera and hiking, has given little clue as to what he plans to do when he retires in his short spare time over the last 16 years.