Two reasons Biden must publicly pressure Germany’s Olaf Scholz at the White House


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Standing beside President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz should find himself subject to Biden's polite but public pressure. The need for that public pressure is twofold. First, Scholz's government is failing to deliver on pledged and long overdue boosts to defense spending. Second, by situating German foreign policy in service of China's long-term foreign policy strategy, Scholz is greatly undermining the U.S.-led democratic international order. An order, it should be noted, from which Germany has gained near unmatched benefits since 1945. If he continues on this path, Scholz's legacy will match that of...