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Merkel: A safe pair of hands?

13 September 2013 Last updated at 23:08 BST

Angela Merkel is arguably the most powerful woman in Europe, and one of its most successful politicians.

In just over a week she will be up for re-election as Germans head to the polls.

Germany's strong economy and Mrs Merkel's reputation as a "safe pair of hands" has kept her approval ratings high, even after eight years in power.

She is now looking likely to gain another term as Chancellor.

Europe Editor Gavin Hewitt has been following her campaign.