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Angela Merkel, 63, Chancellor of Germany. She is also the leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). Merkel has been described at various times as the de facto leader of the European Union, the most powerful woman in the world. (AP Photo)

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German chancellor and head of the German Christian Democrats, Angela Merkel, arrives for a party meeting in Munich, Germany, Monday, Feb. 6, 2017. Merkel is meeting her Bavarian conservative allies in a show of unity following a long-running argument over migrant policy, setting the scene for a joint campaign for German elections in September. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers a speech at a local meeting of her Christian Democrats, CDU, in Grimmen, northern Germany, Saturday, Jan. 28, 2017. Merkel said there's no solution yet to the problem of how to fairly share the burden of migration among European Union member states. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel leads this year's first cabinet meeting of the German government at the chancellery in Berlin, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017. Chancellor Merkel will run for her fourth term in fall this year. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, center-left, and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, center-right, inspect the honor guard at the national palace in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016. Merkel is visiting Ethiopia, where her meeting with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn is expected to focus on the country's newly declared state of emergency, after months of protests demanding wider freedoms, and other issues including migration. (AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel poses with Senate leaders, Tuesday, June 7, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. From left are, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., , Merkel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nev., and Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Ind. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Illustration on Angela Merkel's shrinking stature as leader of Germany by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to a debate of the German federal parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin, Germany, Thursday, June 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) ** FILE **

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with U.S. President Barack Obama at Schloss Elmau hotel near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Monday, June 8, 2015, during the G-7 summit. (Michael Kappeler/Pool Photo via AP)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, listens to the President of France Francois Hollande after a statement for the media prior to a meeting at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Monday, June 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is among the women mentioned as potential candidates for U.N. secretary-general. (AP Photo)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, watches Honda Motor Co.’s interactive robot Asimo demonstrate, along with the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation "Miraikan" Chief Executive Director Mamoru Mori during her visit to the the museum in Tokyo, Monday, March 9, 2015. Merkel is in Japan on Monday and Tuesday as part of a series of bilateral meetings with G-7 leaders ahead of a June summit in Germany. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

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President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are taking opposing tacks on Ukraine's ongoing faceoff with Russia, with Mr. Obama taking a hard-line stance and Mrs. Merkel seeking a diplomatic solution. (Associated Press)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, "There is a possibility to try and bring a cease-fire" in the Russian conflict with Ukraine. (associated press)

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During a joint news conference with President Obama Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel indicated that Berlin still supported keeping Greece in the eurozone, but stood strongly behind the austerity program demanded by the Troika. (Associated Press)

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Prime Minister of Singapore Lee Hsien Loong addresses the media during a joint press conference as part of a meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel said during a visit to Hungary on Monday that her nation will not provide military hardware to Ukraine and asserted that the war with Russia-backed forces "cannot be solved militarily." (Associated Press)