During his trip to the Gulf States, Chancellor Olaf Scholz spoke of “progress” in the situation of workers in the World Cup host country Qatar, but also expressed criticism. The development does not correspond “by a long way to the ideas that we have ourselves,” said the SPD politician.

    Scholz left open whether he himself would fly to the World Cup (November 20 to December 18). However, “it will be the case that someone will be there,” assured the Chancellor, who had traveled to the Arabian Peninsula primarily because of the energy crisis.

    Amnesty and other human rights organizations accuse Qatar of human rights violations in the treatment of hundreds of thousands of workers on major World Cup construction sites. Many German fans are also critical of the finals in the desert.