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Health chief meets head of Germany’s Social Democrats, tapped to form next gov’t

German Finance Minister, Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democrats (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz waves at the Social Democrats (SPD) headquarters after the estimates were broadcast on TV, in Berlin on September 26, 2021, after the German general elections. (Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)
German Finance Minister, Vice-Chancellor and the Social Democrats (SPD) candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz waves at the Social Democrats (SPD) headquarters after the estimates were broadcast on TV, in Berlin on September 26, 2021, after the German general elections. (Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

Health Minister Nitzan Horowitz meets with German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the candidate to be Germany’s next chancellor, as he visits Berlin.

“One of the important changes that are making in this government is the rehabilitation of ties with Europe, which were harmed in recent years,” Horowitz tweets after their meeting. “Anyone who supports a two-state solution with the Palestinians isn’t a hostile element. The exact opposite. Germany and Scholz are true friends.”

Scholz heads the Social Democrats (SPD), who picked up the most seats in parliament elections last month. The SPD is currently holding talks with the Greens and Free Democrats on forming a government that will see longtime German leader Angela Merkel replaced as chancellor.

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