Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder welcomed the G7 heads of state and government to Bavaria on Twitter in advance on Saturday – but one is missing from the accompanying photo: Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD). “The world as a guest in Bavaria: Welcome to Bavaria,” wrote the CSU boss on Twitter.
“We welcome the most important heads of state in the world. At the G7 summit, the free world organizes itself and defines common interests.” The current crises in the world show how important international coordination is.
“Grüß Gott in Bavaria!” It said on the photo. Pictured were US President Joe Biden, French President Emmanuel Macron, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida – making six heads of state and government. Ironically, the host Scholz was not shown.
This was also noticed by some Twitter users. “I only count six,” wrote one user. Others also remarked that the chancellor, of all people, was missing. “He’s not a guest,” countered another.
Also not in the photo were EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council President Charles Michel. Although the two are not heads of state or government, they do take part in the G7 summits as the top representatives of the European Union.