World Explainer-What has to happen before Germany's new chancellor takes power?
Merkel warns fourth Covid wave is hitting Germany with 'full force'
Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has described the Covid situation in the country as "dramatic.""The fourth wave is hitting our country with full force," Merkel told an event for the Association of German Cities, according to a translation by Deutsche Welle and several other media outlets.
BERLIN (Reuters) - 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.
However, it will still take some time for a handover of power. Below is an overview of what happens next:
WHAT HAS ALREADY BEEN AGREED AND BY WHOM?
The Social Democrats (SPD), ecologist Greens and pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) 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.
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The leadership teams presented the 177-page document on Wednesday after the agreement was hammered out by working groups in the last few weeks.
WHEN IS THE DEAL FINALISED?
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.
SPD delegates are due to vote on it at an extraordinary party conference on Dec. 4.
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The FDP plans to vote on it on Dec. 5.
The Greens are consulting their 125,000 members on the deal in a digital or postal voting process that will take 10 days.
Germany, With Higher Vaccination Rate Than U.S., Sees Biggest Ever Surge in COVID Cases
Thursday marked the first time Germany reported more than 60,000 new COVID-19 cases in a single day. Merkel, the outgoing German chancellor, said the "dramatic" situation was the result of the fourth wave "hitting our country with full force."Although Germany's vaccination rate surpasses that of the U.S., which is currently 58.9 percent per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it has one of the lowest vaccination rates in western Europe.
WHAT ABOUT CABINET POSTS?
So far, only these posts are clear:
The SPD'S Scholz will be chancellor
Greens Co-leader Robert Habeck will be vice-chancellor and lead a beefed-up economy ministry with responsibility for climate policy
FDP leader Christian Lindner will be finance minister
Remaining ministers are still to be named but the coalition deal states that the SPD will control a further seven cabinet posts, the Greens four more and the FDP a further three.
WHEN WILL GERMANY GET ITS NEW CHANCELLOR?
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.
This would mean Merkel falling just short of the record number of days in office held by Helmut Kohl of 5,870 days.
(Reporting by Madeline Chambers; Editing by Gareth Jones)
Germany's Social Democrats set to approve government deal .
The center-left party of German Chancellor-designate Olaf Scholz is meeting Saturday to decide whether to approve a deal to form a new government with environmentalist and pro-business parties — the first of three such decisions needed for Scholz to take office next week. Scholz's Social Democrats narrowly won Germany's Sept. 26 election and launched negotiations with the Greens and the business-friendly Free Democrats to form a governing coalition that hasn't been tried before at the federal level. They emerged with a deal on Nov. 24 after relatively quick negotiations.