Scholz bullish on left-leaning coalition after German election win

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Olaf Scholz, the leader of Germany’s centre-left SPD, expressed confidence on Monday that he would be able to form a new coalition with two smaller parties, after 16 years of government under conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel. “Three parties have been strengthened, therefore this is the clear mandate that the voters have formulated,” Scholz said at SPD headquarters on Monday, referring to his SPD, the Greens and the pro-business Free Democrats (FDP). The CDU/CSU bloc has “not only lost, but they have received the message from voters that they should go into opposition,” Scholz said. The th…

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