No sooner had she got off the plane after her much-talked-about visit to Washington last Friday, Angela Merkel was already preparing for her next engagement: a trip to Hanover for the CeBIT technology trade fair.
At least on this occasion she had a friendlier companion than U.S. President Donald Trump. There were no awkward looks or grimaces, and there was certainly no confusion over handshakes when she opened the fair Sunday with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose country this year is partnering CeBIT, Germany’s largest technology trade fair.
Like last year, digitalization of the economy is the theme for the coming week in Hanover, yet the chancellor could have been forgiven for having other matters on her mind as she posed for photos alongside Mr. Abe. The thorny issue of free trade has attracted its fair share of headlines over recent days, and Ms. Merkel again felt obliged to underline Germany’s stance.