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    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
    • Gazing Into the Past: A Brief Chronicle of Angela Merkel's Political Career
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    This picture, taken on August 22, 1992, shows Angela Merkel during her days as Germany's Federal Minister for Family Affairs (L) sitting on the ground with students at the 42nd International Youth Festival enjoying their traditional picnic in the park of Festival Hall in Bayreuth, eastern Germany.

    On October 29, 2018, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the chair of Germany's Christian Democratic Union party, announced that she won't run again for the party leadership in December and that this term will also be her last as Germany's chancellor, as she won't seek re-election as a CDU lawmaker or run for any other political office.

    Angela Merkel has served as Chancellor of Germany since 2005, and has been head of the Christian-Democratic Union party for nearly two decades.

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