Turbulence besieged the Chancellor of Germany – Prime Minister Olaf Scholz previously served as Vice Chancellor under Angela Merkel and as Federal Minister of Finance from 2018 to 2021.
A member of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) who has served as the chancellor of Germany since 8 December 2021.
Challenges of rising inflation, slow economic growth and possible gas shortages after the consortium Gazprom Russia’s continued announcement of a halt in supplies to Germany later this month has severely affected the German chancellor’s approval ratings.
Earlier this week, protesters booed angrily as Scholz visited an eastern German town. Some political observers warned protests could flare up during the winter, as residents feel the pain of high gas prices.
Less than 20 percent of Germans now want to vote for Scholz’s SDP, according to polls released Aug. 19. If an election is held at this time, observers expect the SDP to be defeated.
“Most Germans used to think that Scholz was well prepared for the role of prime minister, but he didn’t seem to be ready. He may be a good technocrat and a responsible politician, but he hasn’t really shown the communication skills and nuances needed to be the leader of Europe’s largest economy,” David-Wilp said.
Prime Minister Olaf Scholz had good days, but that was before the storm of criticism hit him after 8 months in office.