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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Germany celebrates its World Cup victory, the entire country is a sea of waving flags. The fans celebrated a team - not only a collection of stars, but a disciplined, tactically strong unit of players and coaches. What is behind the success of the German team and what does it mean for Germany as a force in the world?