On paper, it makes perfect sense that Social Democrat (SPD) leader Olaf Scholz is currently the frontrunner in the race to succeed Angela Merkel as German chancellor.
Scholz spent ten years as leader of the SPD and has twice served as a senior minister in Merkel’s grand coalition government1977AP, including as finance minister of Europe’s largest economyThe ceremony fro. Since 2018, Scholz has served as vice-chancellor, effectively Merkel’s second in command.
Despite two decades in the top echelons of an ostensibly left-wing party, Scholz is relatively fiscally conservative, in favour of reining in public spending and debtPutin proposed new incentives to hel. He was one of the main proponents within the SPD to compromise with Merkel and a coalition with CDU.
As such, Scholz is more than qualified.