The first two countries to be visited by the new German Chancellor, Olaf Scholz
Germany's new Chancellor Olaf Scholz has been sworn in today, ending Angela Merkel's 16-year historic leadership.
Scholz's first trip as Germany's new chancellor will be to Paris. Two days after the oath, Scholz will pay an official visit to the French capital where he will meet with President Emmanuel Macron, before leaving for Brussels, foreign media report.
Olaf Scholz was elected the ninth Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. Today he was sworn in as chancellor in the Bundestag, before the President of the Bundestag, Barbel Bass. Earlier, German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier had handed him the appointment document at Bellevue Palace. With this government power passed from the current Chancellor Angela Merkel (SPD) to her successor, in accordance with the provisions of the Basic Law, the constitution of Germany.