Analysis: Scholz campaigned as Merkel 2.0.
He governs as a pale copy.
With a few big exceptions, Merkel ensured that her government was right in the middle of the positions taken by EU members.
Scholz looks isolated.
And, whereas her coalitions were stable, his is fractious.
At the moment, the Ramstein meetings have taken on the importance of the the EU summits during the debt crisis.
Going into this one, Scholz appears to have caused a complete shambles. His own government doesn’t even share the position his advisers have been briefing.
His position still has support in his party. But it risks causing alliance rifts and a coalition crisis.
A very dangerous position for a chancellor elected with 25 percent of the vote. /end