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.

The alliance, the first at federal level between the ideologically disparate Greens, the libertarian Free Democrats (FDP) and Scholz’s centre-left SPD, ends 16 years of Merkel-led conservative governments.

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