Scholz takes pole position as German election campaign enters final stretch
Tuesday 14 September 2021 – Vol.12 Ed.37.2
Commentary: Finance minister favourite to take Merkel’s difficult legacy
By David Marsh in London
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, in a startling turnaround of fortunes, is now favourite to follow Angela Merkel as German chancellor after the 26 September election. What kind of leader could he be? Is this a new Helmut Schmidt, Germany’s internationally renowned Social Democrat chancellor in the 1970s? The lessons of history, as well as polarising currents in Germany’s kaleidoscopic politics, are not favourable.
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Report: Germany’s coal conundrum
Phasing out Germany’s heavily polluting lignite power stations is a key factor in the German general election on 26 September. Environmental issues will play a dominant role in an unusually volatile and uncertain contest. The Greens, led in the election by Annalena Baerbock, look likely to more than double their parliamentary seats. The party has a good chance of entering the government. Whether or not this happens, the Greens will ensure that the lignite issue becomes a central test of Germany’s ability to enact real change.
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