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Angela Merkel: A career in pictures

Angela Merkel has announced she is stepping down as German chancellor in 2021, bringing an end to a political career which, by that point, will have spanned more than three decades.

It is a career documented in pictures at every turn: from visiting fishermen during her earliest campaigns, to talks at the White House, and everything in between.

Here, we have collected just a few from the thousands capturing the woman who has been at the helm of Germany for so many years.

A photo taken in 1989 in the northern Polish city of Bachotek shows (from L) now quantum chemistry professor Malgorzata Jeziorska, Joachim Sauer, the husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and the German leader during summer school at a university for chemistry students. Image copyright AFP
Image caption Summer 1989: Mrs Merkel (pictured far right) with Malgorzata Jeziorska and future husband Joachim Sauer at a university summer school for chemistry in Poland
Election campaign, visiting a fisherman's hut in Lobbe on the island of Ruegen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern in November 1990 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption November 1990: By the next year, she was campaigning in the first German federal election to be held since the country was reunified
Merkel, Angela - Politician, CDU, Germany, Federal Minister for the Environment, Germany - ironing wrapping paper - 1994 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption January 1994: Mrs Merkel was made minister for the environment in 1994 - which appears to have meant showing off how you recycle wrapping paper
Angela MERKEL , CDU , Minister for the Environment , and Horst SEEHOFER , CSU , Minister for Public Health , during a cabinet meeting in March 1995 Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption March 1995: Mrs Merkel laughs with fellow minister Horst Seehofer, during a cabinet meeting
Angela Merkel sits a covered seat on the beach Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption March 2000: Mrs Merkel was chosen to lead the centre-right Christian Democrats (CDU) in 2000
Angela Merkel, head of the opposition Christian Democrats, the CDU, speaks at the Lower Saxony Christian Democratic Party's annual general meeting on July 9, 2005 in Emden, Germany Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption July 2005: Five years later, she was back on the campaign trail (pictured) - which would lead to her election as Germany's first female chancellor
Italian Prime minister Romano Prodi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy (hidden), US President George W. Bush, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair share a laugh as they take position for a family picture with other G8 leaders, Image copyright AFP
Image caption June 2007: Despite it being the 21st Century, politics is still dominated by men, so Mrs Merkel - here with Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi, French President Nicolas Sarkozy, US President George W Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister Tony Blair - was often the lone female face
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Peter Mueller, federal prime minister of the Saar region and top candidate of the of the conservative Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) for the upcoming Saarland state election, hold glasses of beer during an election campaign rally in Bosen near Saarbruecken August 15, 2009 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption April 2009: Mrs Merkel became a symbol of fiscal austerity in the years which followed the financial crash
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel address the press after a meeting at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, on April 14, 2011. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption April 2011: Hillary Clinton, then US secretary of state, and Mrs Merkel in Berlin
Angela Merkel spreads her arms wide while talking to then US President Barack Obama in June 2015, against a dramatic mountain backdrop in southern Germany. Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption June 2015: Mrs Merkel with then-President Barack Obama, after a G7 summit session in southern Germany. "You have been a trusted partner throughout my entire presidency - longer than any world leader," the US leader told her a year later.
A migrant girl holds a poster of German Chancellor Angela Merkel as migrants walk in Budapest downtown after leaving the transit zone of the main train station, on September 4, 2015 Image copyright AFP
Image caption September 2015: The chancellor's decision to open Germany's borders to refugees in 2015 divided the country. Pictured: Refugees making their way through Hungary
U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) participate in a joint news conference at the East Room of the White House Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption April 2018: It also put her on a collision course with US President Donald Trump
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reacts as she attends a news conference following the Hesse state election in Berlin, Germany, October 29, 2018 Image copyright Reuters
Image caption October 2018: Mrs Merkel tells the world she won't be standing for re-election

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