Although Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) and his predecessor Angela Merkel (CDU) come from different parties, Scholz is in constant contact with the former Chancellor.

Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) still regularly gets advice from his predecessor Angela Merkel (CDU). “First of all, we’ve known each other for a long time and have always worked well together, even though we’re in different parties,” said Scholz on Friday evening at an event organized by the editorial network Germany (RND) in Leipzig. “And that will continue to happen.”

But he also consults with many other people – “far beyond the governing parties,” emphasized Scholz. The SPD politician admitted that his condition, almost a year after taking office, was overshadowed by the war in Ukraine and the consequences for Germany. “Of course my state of mind is very affected by this terrible war that is taking place in Europe. Because that is what must be driving us: imperialism is back in Europe.”

Scholz said about the mood within the traffic light coalition: “We just had a coalition committee where we didn’t have any issues at all, we just talked nice to each other, and that was a really nice evening.”