The projected German election winner, Olaf Scholz, previously served alongside Angela Merkel as Finance Minister and Vice-Chancellor in her cabinet – and had a few choice things to say about the UK post-Brexit. Mr Scholz’s centre-left party has narrowly won the German election, but will be entering a coalition with other parties over the coming months.
Germany’s oldest political party, the center-left Social Democratic Party, known by the acronym SPD, had languished in the polls for years.
But in Sunday’s election, the SPD managed to get ahead, if only just, winning 26 percent of the vote, according to preliminary numbers.
The SPD was the junior coalition partner to Ms Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats in Germany’s outgoing government, the third time it joined its traditional rival in a coalition.
The tenure was a position the SPD took on reluctantly — but one that has enabled Mr Scholz to raise his profile nationally – enough to run for the next Chancellor and likely succeed.
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“Now they decided different and I hope they will manage the problems coming from that.”
He followed up with some advice: “It might have something to do with the question of wages.
“If you understand that being a trucker is really something that many people like to be and you find not enough, this has something to do with working conditions and this is something that has to be thought about.”
During his campaign for the top spot, Mr Scholz questioned why the UK voted for Brexit in the first place.
He said at a campaign rally in Lower Saxony: “Why did Britain vote for Brexit if it was against its own interest?
“Why did America vote for Trump?
“I believe it is because people are experiencing deep social insecurities, and lack appreciation for what they do.”
Britain’s fuel crisis has been blamed on a mixture of Brexit, the pandemic and unnecessary stockpiling by worried motorists.
The UK government has pointed the finger at a shortage of lorry drivers and sought to address the problem by streamlining training, as well as bringing in temporary worker visas to ease pent-up demand on the run-up to Christmas.