End of an era: Germany's Angela Merkel bows out after 16 years

BERLIN (AP) – Angela Merkel was assured of a place in the history books as soon as she became Germany's first female chancellor on Nov.

Angela Merkel is credited with raising Germany’s profile and influence, working to hold a fractious European Union together, managing a string of crises and being a role model for women in a near-record tenure that ends with her leaving office amid praise from abroad and enduring popularity at home

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