Olaf Scholz: Pragmatic face of ascendant Social Democrats

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A solid campaign performance by Olaf Scholz, Germany’s finance minister and deputy to Chancellor Angela Merkel, has seen him unexpectedly become the clear favourite to succeed his boss after her upcoming retirement. “A new era is beginning, not just in the sense of shaping the period after the coronavirus, but also in terms of how we manage in the next decade the future of our country, how we manage the future of Europe,” Scholz said last year following the announcement of his candidacy to be chancellor. Scholz stressed at the time that he was running to win, not to serve yet again in coalitio…

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