German Chancellor Angela Merkel and German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel hand over birthday flowers to State Minister at the Foreign Ministry Michael Roth before the weekly cabinet meeting in Berlin
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel watches how lemonade is mixed as part of a children’s experiment during her visit at a kindergarten in Berlin, Germany.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel signs an autograph as pupils attempt a selfie upon Merkel’s arrival at Franzoesisches Gymnasium Berlin, Germany on Tuesday
German Chancellor Angela Merkel wears a ‘smart’ jacket next to a group of students during a Girls’ Day event held at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. The jacket displays the temperature and reacts to pickpocketing.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel tests a Virtual Reality (VR) goggle next to US President Barack Obama as they visit the booth of ifm electronic (automation engineering) at the Hannover Messe industrial technology trade fair in Hanover, Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends the 500th anniversary ceremony of the German Beer Purity Law (Reinheitsgebot) in Ingolstadt, Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Indonesian President Joko Widodo inspect a military honor guard before talks at the Chancellery in Berlin
Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron and France’s President Francois Hollande attend a meeting during a European Union leaders summit on migration
German chancellor Angela Merkel passes an advertising poster with the cloud symbol at the Telekom booth as she tours the CeBIT tech and computer fair in Hannover
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French President Francois Hollande embraces German Chancellor Angela Merkel as he welcomes her upon her arrival at the Elysee Presidential Palace in Paris
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa inspect a guard of honour prior to talks at the Chancellery in Berlin
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi gestures to German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a news conference at the Chancellery in Berlin
German Chancellor Angela Merkel sings carols with children dressed as the Three Kings at the Chancellery in Berlin during the Wise Men singing event
German Chancellor Angela Merkel holds a toy wolf she got as a present during a party convention of the Christian Democrats (CDU) in Karlsruhe, Germany
German Chancellor Angela Merkel reviews an honor guard as she is welcomed by China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang (unseen) in Beijing, China, on Thursday
German Chancellor Angela Merkel winks at a colleague in the parliament building in Berlin, Germany. The German parliament continues to discuss the budget for 2016
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel presents a bouquet of flowers to German Agriculture Minister Christian Schmidt for his birthday during a weekly meeting of the German cabinet at the Chancellery in Berlin
A young woman walks past a graffiti reading “Mrs Merkel we still love you – Greece” in central Athens on Friday
German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives British Prime Minister David Cameron with military honors at the Federal Chancellery in Berlin, Germany. Cameron is on a tour through the European capitals. He wants to negotiate reforms in the UK’s EU membership before the referendum planned for the end of 2017
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel arrive at a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin. Merkel’s cabinet signed off on a draft law on Wednesday that imposes an effective ban on the controversial technique of fracking for shale gas.