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Explainer-What has to happen before Germany's new chancellor takes power?

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Explainer-What has to happen before Germany's new chancellor takes power?
Explainer-What has to happen before Germany's new chancellor takes power?   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2021   -  

<div> <p><span class="caps">BERLIN</span> – Three parties in Germany have struck a deal to form a new coalition government that will see Social Democrat Olaf Scholz replace conservative Angela Merkel as chancellor.</p> <p>However, it will still take some time for a handover of power. Below is an overview of what happens next:</p> <p><span class="caps">WHAT</span> <span class="caps">HAS</span> <span class="caps">ALREADY</span> <span class="caps">BEEN</span> <span class="caps">AGREED</span> <span class="caps">AND</span> BY <span class="caps">WHOM</span>?</p> <p>The Social Democrats (<span class="caps">SPD</span>), ecologist Greens and pro-business Free Democrats (<span class="caps">FDP</span>) unveiled a vision of how to push through a green transition in Europe’s biggest economy, speed up digitalisation and bring in some liberal social policies. </p> <p>The leadership teams presented the 177-page document on Wednesday after the agreement was hammered out by working groups in the last few weeks.</p> <p><span class="caps">WHEN</span> IS <span class="caps">THE</span> <span class="caps">DEAL</span> <span class="caps">FINALISED</span>?</p> <p>All three parties have to ratify the deal. This is essentially a formality, as it is highly unlikely that members and delegates will reject it. </p> <p><span class="caps">SPD</span> delegates are due to vote on it at an extraordinary party conference on Dec. 4.</p> <p>The <span class="caps">FDP</span> plans to vote on it on Dec. 5.</p> <p>The Greens are consulting their 125,000 members on the deal in a digital or postal voting process that will take 10 days.</p> <p><span class="caps">WHAT</span> <span class="caps">ABOUT</span> <span class="caps">CABINET</span> <span class="caps">POSTS</span>?</p> <p>So far, only these posts are clear: </p> <p>The <span class="caps">SPD</span>’S Scholz will be chancellor</p> <p>Greens Co-leader Robert Habeck will be vice-chancellor and lead a beefed-up economy ministry with responsibility for climate policy</p> <p><span class="caps">FDP</span> leader Christian Lindner will be finance minister</p> <p>Remaining ministers are still to be named but the coalition deal states that the <span class="caps">SPD</span> will control a further seven cabinet posts, the Greens four more and the <span class="caps">FDP</span> a further three.</p> <p><span class="caps">WHEN</span> <span class="caps">WILL</span> <span class="caps">GERMANY</span> <span class="caps">GET</span> <span class="caps">ITS</span> <span class="caps">NEW</span> <span class="caps">CHANCELLOR</span>?</p> <p>Scholz is expected to be voted in as chancellor by the Bundestag during the week of Dec. 6, some 10 weeks after the federal election.</p> <p>This would mean Merkel falling just short of the record number of days in office held by Helmut Kohl of 5,870 days.</p> <p/> </div>