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Jan 12, 2019 - The Daily Telegraph (London)

I'VE JUST ARRIVED at Schloss Elmau, a five-star spa resort in the Bavarian Alps. Walking through the grounds on the way to my room, the porter points out a bench with a view of the spectacular landscape. It's the one that was splashed across newspapers worldwide in 2015, the year the resort hosted the G7 summit. Barack Obama and Angela Merkel were photographed sitting on it.

In the foothills of the Alps, 60 miles south of Munich, Schloss Elmau is famously secluded. In its own valley, there...