Angela Merkel, born July 17, 1954, has been the chancellor of Germany since 2005 and leader of the Christian Democrat party, CDU, since 2000.
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The European Union has warned that the apparent incursion of Russian troops into Ukraine could push the conflict closer to a point of no return. Meeting in Brussels - EU leaders are discussing further economic sanctions to get Moscow to reconsider its position. They've also elected a new EU leadership for the next five years.