If charisma does not seem to be the first of his qualities, Olaf Scholz, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party, the SPD, has distinguished himself internationally for his proposals to the G20, on a global minimum tax rate for multinationals.
Internally, his statements on the program to help the economy against the backdrop of the health crisis also hit the mark: he said “take out the Bazooka” for respond to the situation.
Holding a conservative line
He also didn’t mince his words about his political opponents. “Do not believe those who say that after the coronavirus crisis everything will return to normal, as before: they are wrong__,” he said during a meeting. “Do not believe those who think they can invent a totally new green world either: they are wrong too,” he stressed.
This 63-year-old lawyer grew up in Hamburg, a city of which he was mayor from 2011 to 2018. A local base that he did not know how to promote to take the head of his party.
In 2019, this conservative-lineist failed to win his presidency, his activists having ousted his duo with Klara Geywitz to elect Saskia Esken and Norbert Walter-Borjans, second-rank personalities labeled more on the left.
The Wirecard scandal
But last May, Olaf Scholz was officially confirmed by his training as a candidate for the chancellery, allowing him to discuss a theme that is dear to him: the increase of the German minimum wage which is 9 euros 60 gross of l hour currently at 12 euros.
This campaign was also marked by a subject that imposed itself on him: the scandal over the bankruptcy of Wirecard, 22 billion euros having gone up in smoke for the investors and shareholders of the German payments giant. As Minister of Finance, Olaf Scholz had to respond to negligence charges brought against him in a parliamentary report.
Scholz rules out new coalition with conservatives
As for the formation of a new government after the election, here is what he said at the end of 2019, in an interview with euronews, on the outgoing coalition.
“We are in a coalition with the Conservative Party because it was not possible to form another government after the last election,” he said before adding: “Everyone knows that it is not an easy coalition, but also that after the next elections, the configuration of the current government will not be maintained.”
However, her presence in Angela Merkel’s government allowed her to play the experience card in this campaign and earn growing support in public opinion, and this while the image of his opponents on the right and the Greens has tarnished in recent months, in particular that of the environmental candidate Annalena Baerbock which he faces in his constituency of Brandenburg.