Wolfgang Schäuble sees himself as a servant of his country. Pomp and pageantry are anathema to him. But he decided to splash out a bit in this year of Germany’s presidency of the Group of 20 leading economies, and had a postage stamp designed to mark the events which include a meeting of finance ministers and central bank governors beginning Friday in the southwestern city of Baden-Baden – not far from Mr. Schäuble’s own constituency.
The stamp features a square knot that symbolizes the networked world and conveniently tightens further the more one tries to pull at it.
The G20 could well use that sort of cohesion. Mr. Schäuble and Chancellor Angela Merkel had actually wanted the presidency to offer pretty backdrops ahead of the September general election. But President Donald Trump is shaking everything up with his America First doctrine.