Germany Election

Olaf Scholz, center, Finance Minister and SPD candidate for Chancellor, drinks a beer as he leaves the election party at Willy Brandt House in Berlin, Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021. Exit polls show the center-left Social Democrats in a very close race with outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel’s bloc in Germany’s parliamentary election, which will determine who succeeds the longtime leader after 16 years in power. (Wolfgang Kumm/dpa via AP)