Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and Olaf Scholz (SPD) at a cabinet meeting in the Chancellery in Berlin. Photo: Michael Sohn / POOL AP / dpa
“With me as Chancellor, there would never be a coalition in which the left is involved. And whether this is shared by Olaf Scholz or not remains open, “said Merkel on Tuesday in Berlin in response to a reporter’s question at a joint press conference with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.
“In that context, it is simply the case that there is a huge difference for the future of Germany between him and me,” she said. Scholz is Vice Chancellor and Minister of Finance in Merkel’s government. The general election is on September 26th. Scholz ‘SPD has caught up with its survey backlog and is currently ahead in many surveys.
CSU boss Markus Söder and the Hessian Prime Minister Volker Bouffier (CDU) had accused Scholz of “inheritance sneaking”. Bouffier had said the day before that Finance Minister Scholz was a member of the government and was trying to do “something like Angela Merkel”. “But that’s a kind of political legacy sneaking. We will make that clear. ” Scholz recently had himself photographed with his hands folded into a diamond for “SZ Magazin” – Merkel’s trademark.