Olaf Scholz

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Olaf Scholz
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Scholz in September 2021
Vice Chancellor of Germany
Assumed office
14 March 2018
ChancellorAngela Merkel
Preceded bySigmar Gabriel
Minister of Finance
Assumed office
14 March 2018
ChancellorAngela Merkel
Preceded byWolfgang Schäuble
Deputy Leader of the Social Democratic Party
In office
13 November 2009 – 6 December 2019
LeaderSigmar Gabriel
Martin Schulz
Andrea Nahles
Preceded byFrank-Walter Steinmeier
Succeeded byHubertus Heil
First Mayor of Hamburg
In office
7 March 2011 – 13 March 2018
DeputyDorothee Stapelfeldt
Katharina Fegebank
Preceded byChristoph Ahlhaus
Succeeded byPeter Tschentscher
Minister of Labour and Social Affairs
In office
21 November 2007 – 27 October 2009
ChancellorAngela Merkel
Preceded byFranz Müntefering
Succeeded byFranz Josef Jung
Chief Whip of the Social Democratic Party
In office
13 October 2005 – 21 November 2007
LeaderPeter Struck
Preceded byWilhelm Schmidt
Succeeded byThomas Oppermann
General Secretary of the Social Democratic Party
In office
20 October 2002 – 21 March 2004
LeaderGerhard Schröder
Preceded byFranz Müntefering
Succeeded byKlaus Uwe Benneter
Senator for the Interior of Hamburg
In office
30 May 2001 – 31 October 2001
First MayorOrtwin Runde
Preceded byHartmuth Wrocklage
Succeeded byRonald Schill
Parliamentary constituencies
Member of the Bundestag
for Potsdam – Potsdam-Mittelmark II – Teltow-Fläming II
Assuming office
SucceedingManja Schüle (2019)
Member of the Bundestag
for Hamburg Altona
In office
17 October 2002 – 11 March 2011
Preceded byHimself (2001)
Succeeded byIngo Egloff
In office
26 October 1998 – 6 June 2001
Preceded byMarliese Dobberthien
Succeeded byHimself (2002)
Member of the Hamburg Parliament
In office
2 March 2015 – 2 March 2015
ConstituencySocial Democratic list
In office
7 March 2011 – 7 March 2011
Succeeded byAndrea Rugbarth
ConstituencySocial Democratic list
Personal details
Born (1958-06-14) 14 June 1958 (age 63)
Osnabrück, West Germany
Political partySocial Democratic Party
  • Britta Ernst (m. 1998)
Alma materUniversity of Hamburg
WebsiteOfficial website

Olaf Scholz (German pronunciation: [ˈoːlaf ˈʃɔlts]; born (1958-06-14)14 June 1958) is a German politician. Scholz is the Social Democratic Party (SPD) candidate for Chancellor of Germany. He is the Federal Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor of Germany since 14 March 2018. He was First Mayor of Hamburg from 7 March 2011 to 13 March 2018.

Early life[change | change source]

Scholz was born on June 14, 1958, in Osnabrück, Lower Saxony, but grew up Hamburg's Rahlstedt district.[1] He began studying law at the University of Hamburg in 1978 as part of a one-stage legal training course.[2]

Hamburg and national politics[change | change source]

From May to October 2001, he was Minister of the Interior (Innensenator) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and from 2002 to 2004 he was general secretary of the SPD.

In 2005 Scholz was elected a member of the sixteenth Bundestag, and succeeded Franz Müntefering as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, when the latter left office in 2007.[3]

In 2010, Scholz took part in the annual Bilderberg Meeting in Sitges, Catalonia, Spain.[4]

On 20 February 2011, the Social Democrats led by Scholz won the Hamburg state election, 2011 with 48.3% of the votes, resulting in 62 out of 121 seats in the Hamburg Parliament.[5] Scholz resigned as a member of the seventeenth Bundestag on 11 March 2011 shortly after his election as First Mayor.

Merkel cabinet[change | change source]

After the 2017 federal election, the CDU, CSU and SPD agreed to continue a coalition, Scholz was accepted by all parties as Federal Minister of Finance. Scholz was sworn in alongside the rest of the Government on 14 March 2018. He also took the role of Vice-Chancellor of Germany under Angela Merkel.[6] Within his first months in office, Scholz became one of Germany's most popular politicians, reaching an approval rating of 50 percent.[7]

2021 federal election[change | change source]

On August 10, 2020, the SPD party executive nominated him as its chancellor candidate for the 2021 federal election in Germany. Scholz led the SPD to a narrow victory in the election, winning 25.8% of the vote and 206 seats in the Bundestag.[8]

Personal life[change | change source]

Scholz is married to SPD politician Britta Ernst since 1998. The couple live in Potsdam since 2018.[9]

References[change | change source]

  1. Cliffe, Jeremy (3 September 2021). "How Olaf Scholz and the SPD could lead Germany's next government". New Statesman. Archived from the original on 24 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  2. Schindler, Fabian (21 March 2011). "Stades Bürgermeister verkündet seinen Abschied". Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Archived from the original on 7 August 2021. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  3. Andreas Cremer and Brian Parkin, "Muentefering, Vice-Chancellor Under Merkel, Quits", Bloomberg.com, 13 November 2007.
  4. "Official Bilderberg Meeting Website". Archived from the original on 2010-06-17. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  5. "AICGS Coverage of the 2011 Land Elections". Archived from the original on 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  6. NDR. "Nachrichten aus Hamburg". www.ndr.de. Archived from the original on 19 July 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2019.
  7. Michael Nienaber (29 May 2018), Germany's 'miserly' Scholz irks comrades at home and abroad Archived 29 May 2018 at the Wayback Machine Reuters.
  8. CNN, Frederik Pleitgen, Salma Abdelaziz, Nadine Schmidt, Stephanie Halasz and Laura Smith-Spark. "SPD wins most seats in Germany's landmark election, preliminary official results show". CNN. Archived from the original on 27 September 2021. Retrieved 2021-09-27.
  9. Ildiko Röd (25 June 2018), Vizekanzler ist Neu-Potsdamer Archived 21 July 2018 at the Wayback Machine Märkische Allgemeine.