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The Appeal of Angela Merkel 14 Sept 2009
What makes her such an important politican?

With less than two weeks to go before Germany's general election on September 27th, the Christian Democratic Union, Angela Merkel's party, has shifted into top gear with a new campaign which focuses on Mrs Merkel herself. The German Chancellor’s personal popularity is said to comfortably exceed that of her party. Supporters wave posters that say simply “Angie.” This year Angela Merkel came top in Forbes list of the 100 most powerful women in the world for the fourth year running. But she has a reputation for being uncharismatic, boring and dowdy to the point of frumpiness. Jane is joined by Labour MP Gisela Stuart, and journalist Anne McElvoy to discuss what makes Angela Merkel such an important politician.
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