German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to delegates of her political party, the Christian Democratic Union, in February 2018.
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Angela Merkel's life in pictures

Updated 2340 GMT (0740 HKT) September 26, 2021

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks to delegates of her political party, the Christian Democratic Union, in February 2018.
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Angela Merkel, Germany's first female Chancellor, has dominated European politics for much of this century.

Germany's federal election took place on September 26, 2021. After almost 16 years in the top job, Merkel will step down once it becomes clear who her successor will be.

"It is time today for me to start a new chapter," Merkel told reporters in October 2018, when she announced she would not be seeking a fifth term.

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