Scholz takes over as German chancellor, ending Merkel era

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By Michael Nienaber BERLIN (Reuters) – Lawmakers elected Social Democrat Olaf Scholz as German chancellor on Wednesday, ending 16 years of conservative rule under Angela Merkel and paving the way for a pro-European coalition government that has promised to boost green investment. Scholz, 63, who served as vice chancellor and finance minister in coalition with Merkel, got a clear majority of 395 votes from lawmakers in the Bundestag lower house of parliament, Bundestag President Baerbel Bas said. Scholz, wearing a black face mask, waved as he received a standing ovation from lawmakers and was g…

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