Germany’s post-Merkel future came into sharper focus today as Olaf Scholz unveiled details of his hard-fought “traffic light coalition”.

The Social Democrat, Green and Free Democratic parties announced that they have forged an arrangement putting Scholz, the current finance minister, in place to succeed Angela Merkel as Chancellor.

Annalena Baerbock and Robert Habeck, co-leaders of the Greens, will become foreign minister and “super minister” for climate respectively. Hawkish Christian Lindner, of the pro-enterprise FDP, will replace Scholz as finance minister.