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Olaf Scholz to lead coalition in Germany

Olaf Scholz to head German coalition. Three-party coalition ends Merkel era.

Where: Germany

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Bringing an end to a 16-year era of German government led by Angela Merkel, Olaf Scholz will head a three-party coalition with plans for Germany’s transition toward a green economy.

The parties aim to phase out coal use by 2030, utilize 2% of German territory for wind power, and focus on hydrogen-based energy.

By 2030, the parties aim to source 80% of the country’s electricity from renewable energy. They also intend to achieve the target of 15 million electric cars on German roads within this timeframe.

Scholz’s Social Democrats, the environmentalist Greens, and the pro-business Green Democrats are set to take the reigns as a coalition.

The three-party alliance is a first for German government, consisting of two left-leaning parties and the Free Democrats, who have allied with the center-right in recent decades.

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