Germany has a new Chancellor. Today, the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz took the oath of office and the reins of power from Angela Merkel. It was a moment in which political history was written here in Berlin. Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world, handed over all of her authority in the first transfer of power in 16 years. Her successor is promising Germany a ‘new beginning.’
The transfer of power was modest, but meaningful. There was little ceremonial pomp and circumstance on offer today. Instead, a generous showing of loyalty to the country’s basic law.
00:00 New German chancellor Olaf Scholz sworn into office
00:49 Speech former chancellor Angela Merkel
01:22 Speech new chancellor Olaf Scholz
01:50 The significance of what we witnessed today
02:55 Germany’s message to Washington, to the world
04:37 Olaf Scholz, the pragmatist
06:03 How different will foreign policy be under Olaf Scholz?
11:54 A basket of apples?!
12:57 A ‘new beginning’?
15:59 Quite a German transition – Today’s recap
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