Olaf Scholz is the newly elected chancellor of Germany.  He assumed office in December of 2021, taking over for long-time Chancellor Angela Merkel.  A lawyer by trade, Scholz was First Mayor of Hamburg, holding that office from March 2011 to March 2018.  He would go on to serve as the Federal Minister of Finance and Vice Chancellor of Germany under Merkel.

Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia in 2022, Scholz, a long-time supporter of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline running form Russia to northern Germany, ultimately made the decision to suspend the certification of the pipeline in February of 2022.