Olaf Scholz finally wants to establish Germany as a leading power. That is ambitious – and risky.

Perhaps it is the bulletproof glass that reminds Olaf Scholz that it is the hand of the most powerful man in the world that is resting on his shoulder at this moment. The surreal protection that applies to the US President everywhere also extends to the largely cordoned off Bavarian mountains. Joe Biden demonstratively seeks physical contact with Scholz, whom he recognized as a spiritual brother after initial skepticism.