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Scholz Promises Germans More Relief to Endure Energy Crisis

  • Chancellor keen to show government in control of situation
  • German leader grilled at inaugural summer news conference
Olaf Scholz arrives for his inaugural summer news conference in Berlin,  Aug. 11. hotographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg
Olaf Scholz arrives for his inaugural summer news conference in Berlin, Aug. 11. hotographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/BloombergPhotographer: Liesa Johannssen-Koppitz/Bloomberg
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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz promised citizens a third package of financial assistance to offset surging inflation stoked by Russia’s move to cut gas supplies, while warning that the coming months will be challenging for Europe’s biggest economy.

At his inaugural summer news conference Thursday -- an open forum for questions from the media -- Scholz was keen to hammer home the message that his government has the energy crisis under control and won’t abandon citizens suffering from rising heating costs. At the same time, he made it clear that the coming winter will be tough.