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Germany's Olaf Scholz takes over from Merkel as chancellor

BBC, 08 Dec 2021
Olaf Scholz has been sworn in as Germany's new chancellor, bringing an end to Angela Merkel's historic 16 years as leader.

He was voted in by the German parliament, where his three-party coalition has a substantial majority, and given a standing ovation.

His centre-left Social Democrats will govern alongside the Greens and the business-friendly Free Democrats.

The handover of power marks an end to Merkel's 31-year political career.

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