Germany’s Teflon candidate

HAMBURG, Germany — As a young law student, German chancellor hopeful Olaf Scholz learned the Roman maxim that ignorance offers no protection in court.

That may be why he pursued a career in politics.

Of the many puzzling questions surrounding Scholz’s surprise rise from also-ran to favorite to succeed Angela Merkel as chancellor of Germany, there’s this: Why don’t voters care that the Social Democratic finance minister’s fingerprints are all over some of the biggest scandals in recent German history?

In the last years alone, it has emerged that Scholz’s ministry not only overlooked the country’s biggest fraud in decades at the payments firm Wirecard, but also that his

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