Olaf Scholz
Olaf Scholz (ˈoːlɐf ˈʃɔlts; born 14 June 1958 in Osnabrück
Osnabrück is a city in Lower Saxony, Germany, some 80 km NNE of Dortmund, 45 km NE of Münster, and some 100 km due west of Hanover. It lies in a valley penned between the Wiehen Hills and the northern tip of the Teutoburg Forest...

) is a German politician of the Social Democratic Party of Germany
Social Democratic Party of Germany
The Social Democratic Party of Germany is a social-democratic political party in Germany...

 and Mayor of Hamburg since 7 March 2011.

From May to October 2001 he was Minister of the Interior (Innensenator) of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
-History:The first historic name for the city was, according to Claudius Ptolemy's reports, Treva.But the city takes its modern name, Hamburg, from the first permanent building on the site, a castle whose construction was ordered by the Emperor Charlemagne in AD 808...

 and from 2002 to 2004 he was general secretary of the SPD. Scholz succeeded Franz Müntefering
Franz Müntefering
Franz Müntefering is a German politician and industrial manager. He was Chairman of the Social Democratic Party from 18 October 2008 to 13 November 2009, a position he already held from 2004 to 2005...

 as Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, when the latter left office in 2007.

In 2010 Olaf Scholz participated in the annual Bilderberg Meeting
Bilderberg Group
The Bilderberg Group, Bilderberg conference, or Bilderberg Club is an annual, unofficial, invitation-only conference of approximately 120 to 140 guests from North America and Western Europe, most of whom are people of influence. About one-third are from government and politics, and two-thirds from...

 in Sitges, Spain.

On 20 February 2011 the Social Democrats led by Scholz won the Hamburg state election, 2011
Hamburg state election, 2011
On February 20, 2011, a state election was held in Hamburg, Germany, for the 20th legislative period of the Hamburg Parliament after World War II. The election is a result of the collapse of the coalition government led by the Christian Democratic Union and the Green Alternative List . The Hamburg...

 with 48.3% of the votes, resulting in 62 out of 121 seats in the Hamburg Parliament
Hamburg Parliament
The Hamburg Parliament is the unicameral legislature of the German state of Hamburg according to the constitution of Hamburg. As of 2011 there were 121 members in the parliament, representing a relatively equal amount of constituencies...

. Scholz resigned as a member of the seventeenth Bundestag
The Bundestag is a federal legislative body in Germany. In practice Germany is governed by a bicameral legislature, of which the Bundestag serves as the lower house and the Bundesrat the upper house. The Bundestag is established by the German Basic Law of 1949, as the successor to the earlier...

on 11 March 2011 shortly after his election as First Mayor.
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