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The Angela Merkel era ended this year. The longtime chancellor didn’t run in Germany’s elections, and Olaf Scholz took over. The transfer of power was not only peaceful: It was seamless, and praised around the world. DW looks at how it happened.

For some time, the Green economy minister has for some time been Germany’s most popular politician, outshining Chancellor Olaf Scholz in times of dramatic gas and electricity price hikes. But now the tide is turning.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has urged Europe to take on more responsibility in NATO, with Vladimir Putin aiming to make Russia an “imperial power” on the continent.
Is the €65-billion relief package enough to cushion Germans against rising energy and food price hikes? The country is facing multiple challenges and the government and political opposition disagree on solutions.
Chancellor Olaf Scholz and his coalition have fallen to their lowest popularity ratings since taking office in December. Two thirds of Germans are dissatisfied with their performance.
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