Five countries in 35 hours. The Chancellor does speed dating in the Western Balkans. His goal: to take the region away from Russia and finally into the EU. A mission with many obstacles – and an Olaf Scholz, who once again unexpectedly knocks out a saying that has it all. A travelogue in four and a half acts.

You have to give Olaf Scholz one thing: compared to him, even a man like George Francis Train is an orphan. The adventurous and travel-loving US businessman with the programmatic name served Jules Verne as a model for his “Around the World in 80 Days”; he had made it from New York around the world and back once in that span in 1870. Well, the Chancellor does not need two full days for this distance, including the official visit program in Japan. He just proved it a few weeks ago.