The Scholz cabinet (German: Kabinett Scholz, pronounced [kabiˈnɛt ʃɔlt͡s] (listen)) is the current cabinet of Germany, led by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz. The cabinet is composed of Scholz's Social Democratic Party, Alliance 90/The Greens and the Free Democratic Party, an arrangement known as a "traffic light coalition" in Germany after the parties' traditional colours, respectively red, green and yellow, matching the colour sequence of a traffic light (Ampel). This traffic light coalition-government is the first of its kind at the federal level in the history of the German federal republic.
|Cabinet of Olaf Scholz|
24th Cabinet of the Federal Republic of Germany
|Date formed||8 December 2021|
(8 months and 5 days)
|People and organisations|
|Vice Chancellor||Robert Habeck|
|Member parties||Social Democratic Party|
Alliance 90/The Greens
Free Democratic Party
|Status in legislature||Traffic light coalition government |
416 / 736 (57%)
|Opposition parties||Christian Democratic Union|
Christian Social Union
Alternative for Germany
|Opposition leader||Ralph Brinkhaus (CDU) (2021–2022) |
Friedrich Merz (CDU) (from 2022)
|Election(s)||2021 federal election|
|Legislature term(s)||20th Bundestag|
Following the 2021 German federal election, the three parties reached a coalition agreement on 24 November 2021. The SPD approved the coalition agreement by 98.8% (598 yes-votes to 7 no-votes and 3 abstentions) at the party's federal convention on 4 December 2021. The FDP approved the coalition agreement by 92.24% (535 yes-votes to 37 no-votes and 8 abstentions) at the party's federal convention on 5 December 2021. The Greens approved the agreement via a party-wide referendum, the results of which were declared on 6 December (61,174 yes-votes to 8,275 no-votes and 1,701 abstentions).
Scholz was elected as Chancellor by the Bundestag on 8 December 2021. His cabinet, as determined by the coalition agreement, was formally appointed by President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on the same day.