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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Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl's funeral plans have become subject to controversy after his widow tried to bar Chancellor Angela Merkel from speaking at the memorial. She said, however, she was trying to honor his wishes.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she has every hope of a strong partnership with Britain even after Brexit. She also hopes the divorce negotiations take place without acrimony. Her comments come after the first day of Brexit talks between Britain and the EU.