Former German minister of Finance Olaf Scholz is likely to be the next German Chancellor after this year’s election in Germany, marking an end to Angela Merkel’s 16 year run as Chancellor. Scholz and his party, the center-left Social Democrats (S.P.D.), emerged victorious in the Sep. 26 election, winning 25.7% of the total vote, compared to 24.1% for Merkel’s party, the conservative Christian Democratic Union (C.D.U.), which suffered the worst defeat for the party since its founding in the years after World War II. Merkel, however, opted not to run for reelection, marking the first time a sitting chancellor has done so in the postwar era.