Angela Merkel: The little communist who grew up to be the world"s most powerful woman


The little communist who grew up to be the world”s most powerful woman (with the future of capitalism in her hands)

Always No. 1: Angela Merkel aged three, before her rise to power as one of the most influential figures in world politics

Always No. 1: Angela Merkel aged three, before her rise to power as one of the most influential figures in world politics

Rise to the top: Merkel pictured in 2002 at the monastery in Andechs, Germany, three years before she became Chancellor

Rise to the top: Merkel pictured in 2002 at the monastery in Andechs, Germany, three years before she became Chancellor

The German Chancellor came from a difficult background to establish herself as one of the most powerful women in world politics

The German Chancellor came from a difficult background to establish herself as one of the most powerful women in world politics

Support: With scientist husband Joachim in July 2008

Support: With scientist husband Joachim in July 2008


Powerful allies: Since becoming Chancellor in 2005, The

Powerful allies: Since becoming Chancellor in 2005, The “Iron Frau”, seen here with David Cameron in October last year, has consolidated her hold on power in

Merkel, seen here with Nicholas Sarkozy in Strasbourg yesterday, is seen to symbolise the success of German reunification

Merkel, seen here with Nicholas Sarkozy in Strasbourg yesterday, is seen to symbolise the success of German reunification