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Scholz to deliver first statement in German parliament as chancellor

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The new German Chancellor Olaf Scholz is due to deliver his first government statement in the Bundestag on Wednesday, outlining the guidelines for the coming four years of his coalition, which took office a week ago. A debate is set to follow lasting about two and a half hours, and the head of the conservative Christian Democrats (CDU/CSU) parliamentary group, Ralph Brinkhaus, will assume the role of leader of the opposition for the first time. It is customary for a new chancellor to deliver a kind of inaugural statement, presenting the government programme. In Scholz’s case, this is likely to…

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