Schröder and Merkel long insisted Putin was a trustworthy partner, but Germany under Scholz has now been forced to take the side of freedom.
Backing traditional industries is very far from the electoral liability that strategists fear.
Zahawi, the new Education Secretary, should consider whether the bill as it stands is a sticking plaster.
The front-runner to succeed Merkel has perfected the art of making not having a row, indeed not making a decision, sound reasonable.
It’s critical for it to consult with consumers and industry experts before making big decisions.