Women Who Rule
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THE OUTSIDER: Angela Merkel, 52 chancellor of Germany; elected November 22, 2005
OUTSIDER STATUS: Merkel was raised in East Germany, making her both the first woman and the first East German (after reunification) to run the country.
REGRETTABLE BEAUTY TREATMENT: She was late to the fall of the actual Wall, due to a standing weekly appointment at the sauna.
NICKNAME: The Girlbestowed by then-chancellor Helmut Kohl. Fortunately, he also named her minister of family affairs, senior citizens, women, and youth affairs, and later minister of environment, conservation, and reactor safety before they had a political falling out.<
CAMPAIGN PLEDGES: To tackle unemployment, revamp the welfare state, and back proposals for 10 months of paid leave for one new parent, two months for the other.
BALLSY REBUFF: Merkel famously shrugged off President Bush with a paws off grimace when he gave her an uninvited shoulder massage at the G8 Summit this past July.
WHY SHE MATTERS: Shes the key link between the U.S. and Iran in the effort to persuade the latter to rein in its nuclear program. Has had tête-à-têtes with Bush (twice), Vladimir Putin, and Chinese premier Wen Jiabaoall during her first six months in office.
WHO WOULD PLAY HER IN THE MOVIE: 30 Rocks Rachel Dratch (or how about Helen Mirren?)
NICKNAME: Iron Lady
FUN FACT: Though married to a chemistry professor, Merkel has a crush on Dustin Hoffman.