Merkel: From austerity priestess to 'Mother Angela'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has outlasted a generation of world leadersA Protestant pastor’s daughter who grew up behind the Iron Curtain, Angela Merkel has made an unprecedented journey to become chancellor of Germany and the world’s most powerful woman. The stunning ascent of Merkel, 61 — a twice-married, childless woman from communist East Germany — defies political convention, yet has seen her outlast a generation of world leaders.

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