So much time and courtesy must be easy: When the elevator door opens after a short ride to the first floor of the imposing headquarters of the African Union in Addis Ababa, a friendly female voice thanks in English for using this elevator of Chinese origin. This is not everything, but says a lot about the meaning and purpose of the Federal Chancellor’s second trip to the African continent. After Olaf Scholz was in Senegal, South Africa and Niger last year, he is now visiting Ethiopia and Kenya.

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