Germany's incoming government unveils plans to legalize cannabis and phase out coal
(CNN) Three German political parties have sealed a deal for a new government, with left-leaning Olaf Scholz the proposed next chancellor following lengthy coalition negotiations and a historic election that sees Angela Merkel stepping down after 16 years at the helm.
The incoming government's vision for Germany includes plans to legalize cannabis.
It also aims to phase-out coal by 2030 and have at least 15 million electric cars on the road by the same year.
Mandatory Covid-19 vaccines would also be considered, amid soaring cases in the country.
Under the agreement announced in Berlin on Wednesday, Scholz, of the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPD), will head a three-party coalition with partners the Greens and pro-business Free Democrats.
It follows a close September election and two months of negotiations to form a new government.
Scholz, joined by coalition partner leaders, told a news conference that the "traffic light government" is here, referring to the red, yellow and green colors of the respective parties.
"We want to be daring when it comes to climate and industry," he said.
The deal -- which sets out the government's vision for its four-year term -- will now go to the wider party members for consideration.
Barring any last-minute upsets, Scholz will be sworn in as chancellor early next month.