Olaf Scholz is not considered the most charismatic of politicians in Germany and he doesn’t often put himself in the spotlight. But the SPD (the Social Democrats) candidate for chancellor marked points internationally at the G20 with his proposal of a global corporate minimum tax.
On the domestic front, his statements regarding coronavirus aid programmes for the economy also hit home. He even talked of pulling out the big guns. He also doesn’t mince his words when it comes to his political opponents either.
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The 63-year-old was born in Osnabrück but grew up in Hamburg. He studied law and was First Mayor of Hamburg from 2011 to 2018.
In his Social Democratic party, Olaf Scholz who is part of the conservative wing, has not always had it easy. In 2019, he lost the internal party vote to become co-leader with Klara Geywitz to Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans. Both of the latter represent more left-wing positions.
In regards to his agenda, Scholz has emphasised his goal to raise the minimum wage in Germany from 9.60 euros an hour to 12 euros.
He has come under criticism for his ministry’s handling of the billion-euro Wirecard fraud scandal. The Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), which reports to Germany’s finance ministry, where Scholz is minister, allegedly did not notice the 1.9 billion euros missing in 2020.
Towards the end of 2019, in an interview with Euronews journalist Efi Koutsokosta, Scholz spoke out about the difficulties with the grand coalition government with the conservative CDU.
At that time he said that the SPD was in a coalition with the conservative party because it was not possible to form another government after the last elections. “Everybody knows that this is not an easy coalition and everyone knows that after the next elections there will obviously not be a continuation of the current government”, he added. Despite his criticisms, he has definitely made name for himself in Angela Merkel’s cabinet.
He is a candidate in Potsdam in the same constituency as Annalena Baerbock. His wife Britta Ernst is Minister of Education in Brandenburg – and, according to Scholz, wants to remain so even if he becomes Chancellor.Internet Explorer Channel Network