Chancellor Angela Merkel leaves office after 16 years and 4 terms. “Now to work”, is the last slogan of the ex-chancellor to Scholz. It has been a day of tributes for her: flowers and a minute of applause.
His successor told him that these years in power it has been a great time and she He responds with advice: “If one takes it with joy, It is perhaps one of the most beautiful jobs there is. “
Olaf Scholz has taken office with his new government: the Foreign Ministry remains, for example, in the hands of Annalena, of the Greens. She is contrary to the Russian gas pipeline. They assure that the first challenge they have ahead to address is the coronavirus pandemic: “We can only combat the pandemic if many are vaccinated,” says the new chancellor, Olaf Scholz, on the day that Germany had almost 70,000 infections and 527 deaths, the highest number since February.
From stability to austerity
The former popular president, Mariano Rajoy, believes that “Mrs. Merkel is magnificent” and the socialist José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero recognizes her work: “Great recognition of her work and her figure,” he comments.
She also leaves her mark in Spain. The first keyword is stability. The second: austerity. She led the way out of austerity, “criticism in Spain of Merkel for the policy of cuts is absolutely unfounded,” says Rajoy.
Merkel always showed a determined step, she visited Spain several times and Zapatero asks that hopefully there will be “more leaders of her size.”