German Chancellor Angela Merkel will have nine state-funded associates after leaving office. This follows from a document submitted to the General Assembly’s main committee, which was available for inspection by the DPA.
The Chancellor’s Office requests that, upon leaving office, Merkel be provided with an Office manager and his deputy, two specialist assistants, three officials and two drivers.
The statement of reasons for that request states that Merkel, 67, will continue to carry out tasks for the benefit of the State after the end of her 16-year term.
The DPA explains that it is common for former chancellors to have their own office and state-paid co-workers. Merkel’s predecessor, Gerhard Schröder, was detained by seven people after leaving office in 2005.Read more Merkel called on women to become more involved in politics
In 2019, the relevant Bundestag committee approved the rule that, in future, only five staff members would have offices and presidents available after leaving office.
Merkel will remain at the helm of the government until a new office is appointed. Social Democrat Olaf Scholz is set to become the team in December. The Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), the Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) announced on Tuesday that they want to present a draft coalition agreement for next week.
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