Angela Merkel congratulates Olaf Scholz on ‘election success’
02 October 2021 | 6:05 am
Both the outgoing chancellor and her would-be successor, Armin Laschet, have congratulated Scholz. The center-left SPD emerged as Germany's largest party in the Bundestag following Sunday's election.
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