“This is Europe” debate with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz  

On Tuesday 9 May from 10.30 to 12.00, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will discuss with MEPs his views on Europe’s challenges and future.

This will be the tenth “This is Europe” plenary debate, following Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel on 19 April 2023, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda on 14 March 2023, and debates in 2022 with Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Ireland’s Taoiseach Micheál Martin, Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin and Slovenian Prime Minister Robert Golob.

Born in 1958, Olaf Scholz became Chancellor in 2021, the fourth SPD politician to hold the position. Before that, he was Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister from 2018 to 2021 and First Mayor of Hamburg from 2011 to 2018. He has also served as Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, Interior Senator of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, and Deputy Chair of the SPD.

Debate: Tuesday 9 May