Angela Merkel, born July 17, 1954, has been the chancellor of Germany since 2005 and leader of the Christian Democrat party, CDU, since 2000.
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There are just nine weeks to go till the elections here in Germany. Opinion polls indicate that Christian Democrat Angela Merkel will secure a fourth consecutive term as chancellor. However, she's just ruled out placing an upper limit on the number of refugees coming to Germany. So will that alienate some voters? Berlin correspondent Daniel Pelz explains her reasons for doing so.
The German government is no longer just verbally distancing itself from Ankara, but taking concrete measures. This move is long overdue, but there is no certainty that it will bring results, writes DW's Christoph Strack.
Traditionally, the British royal family avoids politics, but according to German media, this visit seems to be auspiciously timed as talks on Britain leaving the EU get underway. Kate and William would probably do a better job in Brussels, says DW's Rob Mudge.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called the pre-trial detention of consultant Peter Steudtner and a group of other human rights activists in Turkey "unjustified." Sweden and the US have also condemned the arrests.
Defense, enterprise and education head the list for joint measures after the Franco-German Ministerial Council meeting in Paris. The two countries' leaders are developing closer cooperation as they look to EU reforms.