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Things to know about Angela Merkel

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 15: TOPSHOT - German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel waves after delivering her speech at a party congress of Germany's conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party on December 7, 2018 at a fair hall in Hamburg, northern Germany. - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will hand off leadership of her party after nearly two decades at the helm, with the race wide open between a loyal deputy and a longtime rival. (Photo by John MACDOUGALL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images)

The chancellor of Germany since 2005, Angela Merkel is arguably one of the most powerful and influential figure in politics today. We look at some interesting facts about her life and career.

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