Merkel begins battle for third term in office

Armed with a physics doctorate, cool pragmatism and the ability to compromise, Angela Merkel has risen to become one of the most powerful women in the world. As she prepares for Germany's general election next year, she'll be hoping her popularity at home - and with certain foreign powers - will outweigh those of her detractors in Greece and other struggling EU nations. Profile of Angela Merkel. Duration: 02:32