Three German parties signed a coalition agreement 2.5 months after the elections. The new government will consist of the centre-left SPD, the climate party Die Grünen and the liberal FDP. SPD leader Olaf Scholz becomes chancellor.
The members of the so-called’ traffic light coalition’, according to the colours of the parties, approved the agreement in the previous days.
Now that the leaders have signed the agreements, the installation of the new cabinet follows. The Bundestag votes on Wednesday on the appointment of Scholz and the same day his cabinet is sworn in.
Angela Merkel’s leadership comes to an end after 16 years. Her Christian Democrats suffered a historic loss in the September parliamentary elections led by Chancellor Armin Laschet.
The conservative CDU/CSU bloc became the country’s second party, behind the Social Democrats of Scholz.