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Olaf Scholz Gets a Tough Lesson in What It Means to Run Germany

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Olaf Scholz on Sept. 7.
Olaf Scholz on Sept. 7.Photographer: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Olaf Scholz ascended the podium of Germany’s parliament for a routine speech on federal spending, but then the normally deadpan chancellor let loose.

His right hand balled tightly, Scholz unleashed an angry attack on critics of his energy policy, pumping his fist up and down before pointing a finger at the conservative opposition and blaming Angela Merkel’s bloc for Germany’s predicament.