Chancellor of Germany

The chancellor of Germany, officially the federal chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany,[lower-alpha 1] is the head of the federal government of Germany and the commander in chief of the German Armed Forces during wartime.[lower-alpha 2] The chancellor is the chief executive of the Federal Cabinet and heads the executive branch. The chancellor is elected by the Bundestag on the proposal of the federal president and without debate (Article 63 of the German Constitution).[3]

Federal Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Bundeskanzler der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Standard of the Chancellor
Olaf Scholz
since 8 December 2021 (2021-12-08)
Executive branch of the Government
StyleMr. Chancellor (informal)
His Excellency (diplomatic)[1]
StatusHead of government
Member ofFederal Cabinet
European Council
SeatFederal Chancellery, Berlin (main seat)
Palais Schaumburg, Bonn (secondary seat)
AppointerPresident of Germany
upon election by the Bundestag
Term length4 years, renewable
Constituting instrumentGerman Basic Law (German Constitution)
Inaugural holderKonrad Adenauer
Formation24 May 1949; 73 years ago (1949-05-24)
DeputyVice Chancellor of Germany
Salary255,150 per year (as of 2020)[2]

The current officeholder is Olaf Scholz of the SPD, who was elected in December 2021, succeeding Angela Merkel. He was elected after the SPD entered into a coalition agreement with Alliance 90/The Greens and the FDP.

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