Ger­many’s “mummy”

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An­gela Merkel was born in Ham­burg, in West Ger­many, in 1954, but grew up in a small town in East Ger­many 60 miles from Ber­lin. She was an ex­cel­lent stu­dent at school – al­though she did not like PE – and be­came a sci­en­tist af­ter univer­sity. She en­tered pol­i­tics in 1990, and in 2000 she was elected head of the CDU, mak­ing her the first fe­male leader of a Ger­man party. She has been Ger­man chan­cel­lor since 2005, when the CDU won the gen­eral elec­tion. Many peo­ple call her mutti, which means “mummy”, be­cause she looks af­ter the coun­try. She likes to bake and is said to make a very good plum cake.

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