The Social Democrat politician was against sanctions on Russia in 2014. Now he has to decide whether Germany can send Leopard tanks to help Ukraine challenge Russia.
The German governing coalition is facing a series of challenges that leave it with no chance of maintaining its unity as inter-party disagreements have already led to major public discontent.
The win in the western German state of Saarland came despite the latest national surveys showing support for the SPD dipping, as Scholz faces criticism for his stance on Ukraine and pandemic management.
The former finance minister’s coalition is getting ready to take office, with the uphill task of addressing challenging issues while his predecessor still enjoys broad support.
After 16 years, Germany’s Social Democrats finally beat Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats in September polls. If a left-led government comes in power, will it change much in the EU?
Germany has slipped into a period of political unpredictability after the Social Democrats’ narrow win in general elections left it facing a rival claim to power from outgoing Chancellor Merkel’s conservative camp.
The result of the elections on Sunday is unpredictable, and many coalition options are already on the table. Talks between parties after the results are expected to take a while.
Nearly one in every four German citizens comes from an immigration background. Therefore, political parties from across the spectrum are reaching out to them to secure the minority vote share.
Recent polls reveal the likelihood of a three-way coalition as no party is expected to emerge with an absolute majority from the upcoming general elections.
For the first time since 2012, Syrians convicted of serious crimes in Germany can be deported. But refugees in the country fear the deportations might not remain limited to criminals.
Andrea Nahles said she would quit as party leader on Monday, and would also step down as head of the SPD's parliamentary group.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she wants her new coalition government to get to work quickly following a deal her conservatives struck with the Social Democrats five months after the elections.
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