Photo Gallery: The Changing Faces of Angela Merkel
12/04/2012
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 Angela Merkel 2010:  A year of setbacks. The start of Merkel's second term was...
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Angela Merkel 2010: A year of setbacks. The start of Merkel's second term was plagued by the continuing financial crisis and rifts in her center-right coalition. Her party then lost an important election in North Rhine-Westphalia and the election of Christian Wulff, her preferred candidate for the presidency, proved more difficult than expected. Merkel took the controversial step of extending the lifetimes of nuclear reactors -- a decision she reversed a few months later after the Fukushima nuclear accident.

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