The projected German election winner, Olaf Scholz, previously served alongside Angela Merkel as Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor in his cabinet, and had a few things to say about the UK after Brexit. Scholz’s center-left party narrowly won the German elections, but will enter a coalition with other parties in the coming months.
Germany’s oldest political party, the center-left Social Democratic Party, known by the acronym SPD, had languished in polls for years.
But in Sunday’s elections, the SPD managed to get ahead, if only, winning 26 percent of the vote, according to preliminary figures.
The SPD was the junior coalition partner of Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats in Germany’s outgoing government, the third time it joined its traditional rival in a coalition.
The mandate was a position that the SPD reluctantly took on, but one that has allowed Scholz to raise his profile nationally, enough to run for the next chancellor and likely succeed.
“Now they decided differently and I hope they handle the problems that arise from that.”
He continued with some advice: “It may have something to do with the salary issue.
“If you understand that being a truck driver is really something that a lot of people like to be and it doesn’t seem like enough to you, this has something to do with working conditions and it’s something to think about.”
During his campaign for the top spot, 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 interests?
“Why did the United States vote for Trump?
“I think it’s because people are experiencing deep social insecurities and they don’t appreciate what they do.”
Britain’s fuel crisis has been attributed to a combination of Brexit, the pandemic and unnecessary storage by concerned motorists.
The UK government has pointed the finger at the truck driver shortage and tried to address the problem by streamlining training, as well as bringing in temporary worker visas to ease the pent-up demand in the run-up to Christmas.