Germany Social Democrat Olaf Scholz is now Chancellor
went from acting Chancellor to former German Chancellor today, after 16 years in power and involved in multiple speculations about what her retirement will be like, whether on a sofa from the Ikea furniture chain or on the shores of the lake in the city where she grew up , in Templin (east).
"At home at last"
"At home at last"
is the slogan of the Ikea ad, where a double from politics appears seated and wearing one of her characteristic jackets on an armchair -model "Strandmon" -.
She is in the living room of an imaginary home, which could be the floor in front of the Pergamon museum where she has her private residence with her husband, the scientist Joachim Sauer.
The Swedish chain's ad is an advertising idea.
The tabloid daily "Bild" presents her under the headline "
", with her eyes half closed and
leaning against a tree, with her lake in the background.
That outlet estimates that Merkel, 67, will dedicate her time to some of her recognized hobbies, such as
- she is a faithful visitor to the Bayreuth opera festivals in Bavaria and Salzburg in Austria.
He also imagines her
cooking potato soup
, from which he adds a recipe, or visiting one of the cities whose universities awarded her the title of "Doctor Honoris Causa."
Finally, she considers that she could decide to accompany her husband, an expert in Quantum Physics who currently works as a visiting professor in the Italian city of Turin.
"Bild", who in Merkel's last stage in power has been more than
critical towards her management
, especially after the migration crisis of 2015, ventures that retirement from politics could be at
16,000 euros per month.
Regardless of these assumptions, Merkel has maintained since announcing her gradual withdrawal from politics - in 2018 - that
she will not hold any new public office.
He will, however, maintain an office in his capacity as former chancellor on the central Avenida Bajo los Tilos, close to the Brandenburg Gate.
It is the same office that Helmut Kohl occupied after his retirement (1982-1998).
Merkel today transferred the position to the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz, after 5,860 days in power -10 less than Kohl was, the absolute record of permanence of the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) -.
She attended the investiture of her successor from the guest gallery of Parliament (Bundestag), since she is no longer a deputy in the current legislature.
From there he received a long ovation from deputies from almost the entire parliamentary spectrum, with the exception of the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD).
After being sworn in, Scholz went to the Chancellery, where Merkel already greeted him as "new federal chancellor".
His successor thanked him for their joint work and good cooperation, especially in this past legislature, when he was vice chancellor and finance minister of Merkel's last grand coalition.
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