SPD leaders in late November as coalition negotiations were coming to an end. Olaf Scholz is in the middle, looking into the phone.

SPD leaders in late November as coalition negotiations were coming to an end. Olaf Scholz is in the middle, looking into the phone.

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Dominik Butzmann / laif

Resurrection of the SPD The Unexpected Rise of Germany's New Chancellor, Olaf Scholz

Not all that long ago, it looked like Germany's Social Democrats had reached the end of the line. Now, Olaf Scholz is in the Chancellery. It is perhaps the most unlikely political success story in Germany's postwar history.
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From left, Klara Geywitz, Olaf Scholz, Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken.

From left, Klara Geywitz, Olaf Scholz, Norbert Walter-Borjans and Saskia Esken.

Examining an SPD campaign poster

Examining an SPD campaign poster

Foto: Peter Rigaud / DER SPIEGEL
Olaf Scholz with his wife Britta Ernst

Olaf Scholz with his wife Britta Ernst

Foto: MAJA HITIJ / EPA
Olaf Scholz together with Green Party co-leader Robert Habeck, new head of the Economics Ministry, and FDP head Christian Lindner, who was given the Finance Ministry.

Olaf Scholz together with Green Party co-leader Robert Habeck, new head of the Economics Ministry, and FDP head Christian Lindner, who was given the Finance Ministry.

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Tobias Schwarz / AFP

Changing of the guard: Scholz giving Merkel flowers as he takes over the Chancellery.

Changing of the guard: Scholz giving Merkel flowers as he takes over the Chancellery.

Foto: JOHN MACDOUGALL / AFP
Olaf Scholz being sworn in as chancellor

Olaf Scholz being sworn in as chancellor

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