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Missing the Merkel: Germany’s new leader is proving to be a damp ...

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Missing the Merkel: Germany’s new leader is proving to be a damp squib

Angela Merkel’s successor, Olaf Scholz, has struggled to make his mark since taking power

Arne Delfs and Birgit Jennen

Olaf Scholz succeeded Angela Merkel as German chancellor nearly two months ago, but the West is still waiting for him to put his stamp on Europe’s biggest economy.

Scholz is under increasing pressure to take a stand on Russia over its military build-up near Ukraine, as well face up to as domestic difficulties including a rampant coronavirus outbreak and criticism of spending plans. 

He has an opportunity to respond to critics as he embarked on his first trip to Washington as chancellor on Sunday. His meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on Monday kicks off a period of more intense international activity. ..

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