Auf wiedersehen Angela as three-way coalition signs governing pact

Cabinet Meeting of acting German government at the Chancellery
Acting German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives a bouquet from acting German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz prior to the weekly cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, November 24, 2021. Markus Schreiber/Pool via REUTERS

By Andreas Rinke and Sarah Marsh

BERLIN – Social Democrat Olaf Scholz announced a deal to form a new governing coalition in Germany on Wednesday that aims to modernize Europe’s largest economy, accelerate the green transition and bring the curtain down on the Angela Merkel era.