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Olaf Scholzi

Olaf Scholz began his tenure as the chancellor of Germany on 8 December 2021; a member of the Social Democratic Party, he previously served as vice-chancellor under his immediate predecessor, Angela Merkel, and as federal minister of finance from 2018 to 2021.

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  • President Volodymyr Zelensky’s surprise trip to Japan has been a major diplomatic coup, putting his country and Russia’s invasion at the top of the agenda
  • The visit also afforded Zelensky a rare opportunity to win over a handful of nations that offered little or no condemnation of Russia’s invasion

Berlin had been reassessing whether to let the deal proceed amid security concerns over the sale of what has been classed as critical infrastructure.

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Russian leader says world is at key turning point with Russians engaged in patriotic struggle for future of country; Germany says those nostalgic for ‘great power status fantasies … are stuck in the past’.

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Berlin is re-evaluating its economic relationship with Beijing amid concerns over human rights, ties with Russia and the escalation of tensions over Taiwan.

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Quarrelling in Warsaw and Berlin over missiles, tanks and spare parts has reached a new level, as Polish leaders lose no opportunity to take aim at Germany.

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During a visit to Bangalore, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said improving the legal framework so Germany becomes more attractive for software developers and those with IT skills is a priority for his government.

Scholz also supported a free trade agreement between the EU and India and that he ‘personally will make sure that this does not drag on’.

European officials say the foreign minister’s itinerary suggests that while China may be keen to patch things up with the EU, it has no intention of abandoning Russia.

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Ukraine’s president made his first visits to Britain and France since the Russian invasion almost one year ago, pressing his allies for more weaponry and in particular fighter jets.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and French President Emmanuel Macron sought to underline the importance of their nations’ post-war alliance, despite strains created by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

He inherits task of steering Germany’s military modernisation project and overseeing expansion of weapon deliveries to Ukraine amid Russia’s invasion.

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The floating terminal off the North Sea coast of Lower Saxony is intended to help close the gap in Germany’s gas supply caused by a lack of supplies from Russia.

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The move, expected since German Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s trip to Beijing, follows Berlin’s clearance of Sinovac vaccine for Chinese living in Germany.

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In an essay in Foreign Affairs magazine, Olaf Scholz cautions that ‘China’s rise does not warrant isolating Beijing or curbing cooperation’, while also bolstering support for democracies around the world.

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During two-day visit, Franziska Brantner will focus on economic affairs and policies between Germany and Taiwan, building on two multiparty delegations from Bundestag last month.

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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz will lead a business delegation to China this week against a backdrop of worsening relations between Beijing and Berlin and growing calls to reduce reliance on the world’s No 2 economy.

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Compromise decision by Olaf Scholz cabinet follows controversy at home exposing divisions on China policy and EU warnings on strong Beijing ties.

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