20/05/2022

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Germany’s Scholz Takes Power After Merkel’s 16-Year Rule

BERLIN—Germany’s parliament elected Olaf Scholz, 63, chancellor on Wednesday, ending Angela Merkel’s 16-year rule. The country’s new center-left leader inherits longstanding challenges from his predecessor and faces a cluster of short-term crises that could complicate his plans to modernize the German state and its economy.

On the global stage, Germany faces international criticism of its close energy partnership with Russia—the controversial Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline that links the two countries directly is expected to come online this month, just as the U.S. has accused the Kremlin of preparing to invade Ukraine.

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