Olaf Scholz: The robotic German pragmatist set to become Europe’s power player

In a recent profile, the weekly news magazine Der Spiegel described the favourite in the race to be German chancellor, Olaf Scholz, attending the G20 finance ministers meeting in Venice in July.

t was the Social Democrat’s first visit to the famously romantic city, but Scholz is famously prosaic. Instead of gushing about Venice’s charms, he pointed out how the arches in the City of Canals reminded him of the architecture close to City Hall in Hamburg.

The 63-year-old leader had cut his political teeth in the mercantile north German port. Hamburg is where he honed the survival skills that have made him frontrunner in tomorrow’s federal election. Within days he could become Germany’s next chancellor and the most powerful man in Europe.

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