If Olaf Scholz still had the slightest hope of meeting Joe Biden in New York on Tuesday evening, it vanished on Tuesday morning. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks at the United Nations General Assembly. And talks and talks. 15 minutes are allotted for a performance. Erdogan allows himself almost 35.

The red light on the lectern flashes, but cutting off a president from speaking is not provided for in the regulations. The conference chairman listens reverently – and the date for the German Chancellor’s appearance is pushed further back minute by minute.

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