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Germany’s Scholz Lays Down Rules for Future Coalition Allies

  • Favorite to succeed Merkel as chancellor plans to tax the rich
  • Polls show Social Democrat Party set to win next week’s vote
Olaf Scholz during an election campaign meeting in Bavaria, on Sept. 18. 

Olaf Scholz during an election campaign meeting in Bavaria, on Sept. 18. 

Photographer: Daniel Karmann/picture alliance/Getty Images

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Olaf Scholz, the German Social Democrat candidate looking to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor after next week’s election, said conditions for a potential coalition partner would include support for taxing the rich.

He’d also require backing for raising the minimum wage to 12 euros ($14) next year, Scholz said in an interview with the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. “The pension level will remain stable and the retirement age will not rise any further,” he said.