(dpa) - Angela Merkel, Chairwoman of the CDU party, gives a speech in the election campaign for the upcoming regional elections in the German state Lower Saxony, Osnabrueck, Germany, 23 January 2003. Merkel accuses Chancellor Schroeder of not taking the work of weapon inspectors of the United Nation
RMD3BDY0(dpa) - Angela Merkel, Chairwoman of the CDU party, gives a speech in the election campaign for the upcoming regional elections in the German state Lower Saxony, Osnabrueck, Germany, 23 January 2003. Merkel accuses Chancellor Schroeder of not taking the work of weapon inspectors of the United Nation
(dpa) - The picture shows Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and candidate for the German chancellorship during a TV interview at the ARD studio in Berlin, Germany, Thursday 18 August 2005. German TV station MDR produced the interview, which will will be broadcasted tonight. With the so-called 'candidate checks', MDR starts its reporting on the Federa
RMD3KR3N(dpa) - The picture shows Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and candidate for the German chancellorship during a TV interview at the ARD studio in Berlin, Germany, Thursday 18 August 2005. German TV station MDR produced the interview, which will will be broadcasted tonight. With the so-called 'candidate checks', MDR starts its reporting on the Federa
(dpa) - Angela Merkel, Chairwoman of the CDU party, stands behind a lectern in the election campaign for the upcoming regional elections in the German state Lower Saxony, Osnabrueck, Germany, 23 January 2003. Merkel accuses Chancellor Schroeder of not taking the work of weapon inspectors of the Unit
RMD3BDY9(dpa) - Angela Merkel, Chairwoman of the CDU party, stands behind a lectern in the election campaign for the upcoming regional elections in the German state Lower Saxony, Osnabrueck, Germany, 23 January 2003. Merkel accuses Chancellor Schroeder of not taking the work of weapon inspectors of the Unit
(dpa) - Angela Merkel, Chairwoman of the oppositional CDU party, gestures as she presents her new book during a press conference in Berlin, 12 January 2004. The book entitled 'Mein Weg. Angela Merkel im Gespraech mit Hugo Mueller-Vogg' (my way. Angela Merkel in a dialogue with Hugo Mueller-Vogg) was presented together with publicist Mueller-Vogg.
RMD3J3BT(dpa) - Angela Merkel, Chairwoman of the oppositional CDU party, gestures as she presents her new book during a press conference in Berlin, 12 January 2004. The book entitled 'Mein Weg. Angela Merkel im Gespraech mit Hugo Mueller-Vogg' (my way. Angela Merkel in a dialogue with Hugo Mueller-Vogg) was presented together with publicist Mueller-Vogg.
(dpa) - Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the CDU and newly elected leader of the CDU fraction in the Bundestag, holds a bouquet of flowers and smiles at the photographers, Berlin, 24 September 2002. 214 MPs of the CDU/CSU fraction voted for the 48-year-old, 18 voted 'no', eleven votes were invalid. Ange
RMD3B556(dpa) - Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the CDU and newly elected leader of the CDU fraction in the Bundestag, holds a bouquet of flowers and smiles at the photographers, Berlin, 24 September 2002. 214 MPs of the CDU/CSU fraction voted for the 48-year-old, 18 voted 'no', eleven votes were invalid. Ange
(dpa) - CDU Chairwoman and designated German Chancellor Angela Merkel sits at the podium during the CDU's small party convention in Berlin, Germany, 14 November 2005. Merkel defended the formation of a grand coalition. Photo: Tim Brakemeier
RMD3M4C6(dpa) - CDU Chairwoman and designated German Chancellor Angela Merkel sits at the podium during the CDU's small party convention in Berlin, Germany, 14 November 2005. Merkel defended the formation of a grand coalition. Photo: Tim Brakemeier
(dpa) - CDU chairwoman Angela Merkel gestures as she speaks in the Bundestag (lower house of German parliament), watched by Chancellor Schroeder, Berlin, 4 December 2002. Merkel said Schroeder was not fit for the neccessary tasks.
RMD3B9N0(dpa) - CDU chairwoman Angela Merkel gestures as she speaks in the Bundestag (lower house of German parliament), watched by Chancellor Schroeder, Berlin, 4 December 2002. Merkel said Schroeder was not fit for the neccessary tasks.
(dpa) - The sun rises and mirrors on the facade of the headquarter of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in Berlin, 18 September 2005. The poster attached to the facade features a portrait of Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the CDU and chancellor candidate. Supporters and journalists are going to follow the election results of the 2005 German Bundestag election at the  party headqua
RMD3KWXM(dpa) - The sun rises and mirrors on the facade of the headquarter of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) in Berlin, 18 September 2005. The poster attached to the facade features a portrait of Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the CDU and chancellor candidate. Supporters and journalists are going to follow the election results of the 2005 German Bundestag election at the party headqua
(dpa) - Chairwoman of the CDU Angela Merkel passes an election poster of the CDU in Berlin, Germany, 05 July 2005. Merkel commented on the recently released election manifesto of the SPD for the expected general election in September.
RMD3B99T(dpa) - Chairwoman of the CDU Angela Merkel passes an election poster of the CDU in Berlin, Germany, 05 July 2005. Merkel commented on the recently released election manifesto of the SPD for the expected general election in September.
(dpa) - Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and her party's top candidate for the chancellorship in Germany, is featured on an election poster of the CDU, which reads 'Utilise Germany's prospects',  ahead of the general elections for the German Bundestag parliament on 18 September 2005, pictured in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany on 23 Aug
RMD3KTR5(dpa) - Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and her party's top candidate for the chancellorship in Germany, is featured on an election poster of the CDU, which reads 'Utilise Germany's prospects', ahead of the general elections for the German Bundestag parliament on 18 September 2005, pictured in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany on 23 Aug
(dpa) - Angela Merkel, Chairwoman of the German CDU party, Bernhard Vogel, Prime Minister of the state of Thuringia, French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Max Adenauer, the son of the former German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and Philippe de Gaulle, the son of the for
RMD3BDMA(dpa) - Angela Merkel, Chairwoman of the German CDU party, Bernhard Vogel, Prime Minister of the state of Thuringia, French President Jacques Chirac, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, Max Adenauer, the son of the former German Chancellor Konrad Adenauer, and Philippe de Gaulle, the son of the for
(dpa) - Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and her party's top candidate for the chancellorship in Germany, is featured on an election poster of the CDU, which reads 'More growth, more jobs',  ahead of the general elections for the German Bundestag parliament on 18 September 2005, pictured in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany on 23 August 2
RMD3KTR6(dpa) - Angela Merkel, chairwoman of the Christian Democratic Party (CDU) and her party's top candidate for the chancellorship in Germany, is featured on an election poster of the CDU, which reads 'More growth, more jobs', ahead of the general elections for the German Bundestag parliament on 18 September 2005, pictured in the state of North Rhine Westphalia, Germany on 23 August 2
(dpa) - CDU Chairwoman Angela Merkel speaks during the CSU party convention in Munich, 22 November 2002. Under the motto 'Verlaessliche Politik - Stabilitaet fuer unser Land!' (reliable politics - stability for our country!) the CDU/CSU party defined their tasks as opposition party.
RMD3B7DW(dpa) - CDU Chairwoman Angela Merkel speaks during the CSU party convention in Munich, 22 November 2002. Under the motto 'Verlaessliche Politik - Stabilitaet fuer unser Land!' (reliable politics - stability for our country!) the CDU/CSU party defined their tasks as opposition party.