Newly-elected German Chancellor and Social Democrat leader Olaf Scholz (second right) with coalition partners (from left) Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck of the Green Party and Christian Lindner of the Free Democrats. Photo: AP
Newly-elected German Chancellor and Social Democrat leader Olaf Scholz (second right) with coalition partners (from left) Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck of the Green Party and Christian Lindner of the Free Democrats. Photo: AP
Thomas O. Falk
Opinion

Opinion

Thomas O. Falk

Germany’s Olaf Scholz is unlikely to change tack on China, despite calls to get tough

  • German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock wants an end to the pragmatic approach to foreign policy that characterised Angela Merkel’s 16-year tenure
  • However, new chancellor Scholz’s calls for cooperation with countries like China and Russia suggest he is more inclined to take a page out of Merkel’s book

Newly-elected German Chancellor and Social Democrat leader Olaf Scholz (second right) with coalition partners (from left) Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck of the Green Party and Christian Lindner of the Free Democrats. Photo: AP
Newly-elected German Chancellor and Social Democrat leader Olaf Scholz (second right) with coalition partners (from left) Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck of the Green Party and Christian Lindner of the Free Democrats. Photo: AP
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