Germany’s new leaders bring splash of colour after grey Merkel years

Irish Times | Nov 27, 2021 at 2:00 AM
  • Germany’s new coalition government will take office two weeks from now, but already the country’s newspaper caricaturists are rubbing their hands in glee.
  • Social Democratic Party (SPD) politician Olaf Scholz, the man who will be postwar Germany’s 10th chancellor, is a former finance minister and mayor of Hamburg who prides himself as a model of Hanseatic sobriety.
  • On EU reform, after years of Merkel ambivalence, Berlin’s traffic light has turned green on an EU “constitutional convention and the further development of a federal European state”.